There may be a nine-week period right after infection when they may not test positive for HBs Ag even if they have been infected.
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There are some additional blood tests that your doctor may order to get a better understanding of your infection, but not everyone has access to these tests.
Some tests are rather expensive and they may still need to be repeated over time in order to confirm the diagnosis. The good news is that hepatitis B is not typically an emergency. If you are a healthy adult and are newly or acutely infected, know that your chances are good that the hepatitis B infection will go away on its own.
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The specific test that indicates if you are infected is the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag) test.
This antigen covers the surface of the virus and usually there are lots of HBs Ag in your blood when you’re infected.
If you can’t confirm you were infected as a child, you will need to wait the six months to find out if you cleared your infection.
Please be patient and do not panic, but remember you do need to take precautions during this time to make sure you don’t spread the infection to others.
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