Hepatitis A Virus Test
Why It Is Done
Hepatitis virus testing is done to:
- Identify the type of hepatitis virus causing a hepatitis infection.
- Screen people (such as doctors, dentists, and nurses) who have an increased chance of getting or spreading hepatitis A.
- Screen potential blood donors and donor organs to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.
- Find out whether a person has antibodies after getting a hepatitis A vaccine. If you had this vaccine and you now have antibodies to the hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV antibodies) in your blood, this means the vaccination was effective (you are immune to hepatitis A).
- Find out if a hepatitis A infection is the cause of abnormal liver function tests.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 30, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology