How We Test For Hepatitis A
We test for hepatitis A using a blood sample. This is because we get more accurate results with a blood test as compared to a urine test. This means that you will need to provide a small blood samples at the testing center.
Hepatitis A Test Preparation
Since it is a blood test, there are no special preparations you need to go through. You do not need to fast. All you have to do is walk to the testing center and provide the blood sample.
How Is Hepatitis A Transmitted?
Hepatitis A is transmitted through ingestion of the virus in drinks and food that have come into contact with small amounts of stool from an infected person. People in a developing country are at a higher risk of infection. It is also possible to get hepatitis A through sexual contact.
Hepatitis A Risk Factors
If you have engaged in anal sex or traveled to a developing country with high cases of Hepatitis A, you might be at a higher risk of infection. Sharing illicit drug injection equipment also puts you at a high risk of infection. If you suspect you have been exposed, you should wait for 2 to 7 weeks to get tested.