This blood test tests for the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Test Quantitative. This is the earliest indicator of the presence of acute infection. This test also indicates chronic infection and is useful in the differential diagnosis of hepatitis.
The Antibody blood test detects IgM antibodies relating to hepatitis B surface antibodies which indicates an acute hepatitis B infection. After infection, this IgM antibody is the first antibody produced by the body to fight off the virus.
The HCV blood test is used to detect the presence of hepatitis C antibodies used to determine whether or not an individual may have been exposed to Hepatitis C. This virus is spread by contact with blood or bodily fluids from a person infected with the virus. Often there are no or few symptoms that arise with hepatitis C.