The Hepatitis A antibodies test is a blood test that detects previous exposure to the Hepatitis A virus HAV. This test can help determine the need for hepatitis A vaccination or find out if someone has already recovered from a hepatitis A infection and is immune. It may also detect active infection. Our STI clinic London offers Hepatitis A testing and treatment at an affordable cost, conducted quickly and painlessly.
Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus, which inflames liver cells. The virus is primarily transmitted through the ingestion of food or water contaminated with fecal matter. Other transmission methods include:
Note: Hepatitis A does not spread through sneezing or coughing.
Testing is recommended if you have symptoms of hepatitis or have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A. The virus can spread through contaminated food or water, and in rare cases, through close personal contact.
Hepatitis testing is done by taking a blood sample. A vaccine is available for Hepatitis A to prevent infection with this virus. The vaccine is administered in two shots, with the first shot followed by a booster shot after six months.
It is suggested that you stay properly hydrated before having your blood drawn as it will make the procedure easier and more convenient.
A needle will be inserted into a vein on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood will be drawn. You might feel a scratching or pricking sensation.
We offer you the choice of how you want to receive the results, whether by phone call, email, in-person collection, or hard copy through the post.
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Yes, Hepatitis A can be effectively prevented with a vaccine. This vaccine is specific to Hepatitis A and does not protect against Hepatitis B or C. A separate vaccine is available for Hepatitis B, and there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.
Yes, it's possible for individuals, especially children, to transmit the Hepatitis A virus without showing symptoms. Furthermore, individuals can spread the virus to others for up to two weeks before their own symptoms develop.
There are two types of hepatitis A vaccines. The first type is a single-antigen vaccine, administered in two shots, with the second shot given six months after the first. Both shots are required for long-term protection against Hepatitis A. The second type is a combination vaccine that provides protection against both Hepatitis A and B, recommended for adults aged 18 years and older. It is given in three doses over a six-month period, with each dose necessary for full protection.
No, the Hepatitis A vaccine only provides protection against Hepatitis A. For protection against Hepatitis B, a separate vaccine or a combination vaccine for both Hepatitis A and B is available.
If the second dose of the Hepatitis A vaccine is delayed beyond six months, it should be administered as soon as possible. There is no need to restart the series; the first dose remains effective.