Hepatitis A Antibody, Total for Minors
This test can be used to look for both recent and past exposure to Hepatitis A. It can also be used to verify immunity to Hep A. Hepatitis A is a liver infection which is typically spread through exposure to contaminated fecal matter.
Some of the common ways Hep A is spread include:
- Through contaminated drinking water
- Eating food prepared by someone who has not properly washed their hands
- Eating produce that has not been properly washed
- Eating seafood raised in contaminated water
- Through some forms of sexual contact
- Exposure to infected blood
The Hepatitis A Total test looks for 2 types of antibodies. IgM antibodies develop soon after exposure and fade away after a couple of months. IgG antibodies develop later and remain present in the body. The presence of IgM antibodies indicates a recent exposure to the virus and the possibility of an acute infection. Typically, IgG antibodies provide immunity to Hep A for people who have had a past infection or have received a vaccination.
Hepatitis A is typically associated with flu-like symptoms. Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, fatigue, and joint pain. In some cases, especially in younger children, Hep A may show no symptoms.
This test is not able to differentiate between the types of Hep A antibodies. A positive result may indicate a recent infection or immunity from vaccination or clinical recovery. People who are concerned about a recent exposure to Hep A or are currently experiencing symptoms may wish to order the Hepatitis A IgM Abs test.
Results of hepatitis testing may indicate the following:
|HAV IgM||HAV IgG or Total Antibody (IgM and IgG)||Results Indicate|
|Positive||Not Performed||Acute or recent HAV infection|
|Negative||Positive||No active infection but previous HAV exposure; has developed immunity to HAV or recently vaccinated for HAV|
|Not Performed||Positive||Has been exposed to HAV but does not rule out acute infection|
|Not Performed||Negative||No current or previous HAV infection; vaccine may be recommended if at risk|
A total antibody test detects both IgM and IgG antibodies but does not distinguish between them.
After placing an order, you will receive a doctor approved lab order by email usually within 20-30 minutes. The emailed Lab Requisition will allow you to go to a local patient collection site to get tested. You will not have to pay any additional lab, collection or doctor's fees. Most test will normally report within 48-72 hours by secure email. List of collections site can be found using our Lab Locator Tool. If you have any questions please call our offices at 1-844-455-6355 or chat online with a member of our Care Team.
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