What samples can be used?

Blood

How long until I get my results?

1 working day from your sample’s arrival at our fully accredited laboratory

Where is my nearest private clinic?

How soon after a sexual encounter can I get tested?

10 days

Which Better2Know screens include Hepatitis B testing?

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver, which can be transmitted sexually. Only a small amount of contaminated blood is required to spread the infection, which may also be present in bodily fluids such as saliva and vaginal secretions. Infection often occurs through unprotected sexual interaction but can also be transferred via contaminated objects such as needles (for recreational drug use), unsterilized tattoo equipment, and work-related accidents, particularly in the healthcare.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis B?

Men

Jaundice

Passing darker urine than usual

Fatigue

Aching in the muscles or joints

Nausea and vomiting

Women

Jaundice

Passing darker urine than usual

Fatigue

Aching in the muscles or joints

Nausea and vomiting

What happens if I do not get tested and treated?

Men

Long-term liver damage

Loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring

Cirrhosis

Liver failure or liver cancer

Women

Long-term liver damage

Loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring

Cirrhosis

Liver failure or liver cancer

How is Hepatitis B treated?

If you test positive for Hepatitis B, your Better2Know doctor will advise you to see a specialist. They will carry out further testing to see the effect the virus is having on your body, as well as the best treatment options for you. Most people who test positive find that their immune system will fight off the virus on its own, but careful monitoring of the infection is always necessary. A specialist will be able to provide the right treatment for you if the disease is more advanced. Antiviral medication will be prescribed, and you may need to take it for up to six months to clear the virus from your body. Regardless of whether the infection is producing symptoms or not, you are advised to avoid alcohol, get plenty of rest and maintain a healthy diet.

What else should I get tested for?

If blood borne infections are the main cause of concern for you, we suggest either the Early Detection Screen or the Hepatitis Screen. Our Early Detection Screen requires just 10 days of incubation and tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Our Hepatitis Screen, meanwhile, detects Hepatitis A, B and C infections no more than a month after potential exposure. Our trained sexual health advisors will advise you on which screen best suits your personal needs.

How can I book my test?

To arrange a private appointment today, please contact our expert Patient Services team on the number provided at the top of the page. Otherwise, you can use our online booking system by clicking on the orange button above and following the instructions.