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Hepatitis A Antibody Titer Test, IgM

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About Our Hepatitis A Antibody Titer Test, IgM

Note: Fasting is not required for this test.

This blood titer test is used to detect the presence of IgM antibodies for the hepatitis A virus, a good indicator of acute hepatitis A. The recommended minimum window period for this hepatitis A test is:

  • Hepatitis A Test - 2-7 weeks post potential exposure; the hepatitis A virus averages a 28-day incubation period.

Hepatitis A is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but can also be transmitted by close contact with an infected individual or contaminated food. Hepatitis A is a very contagious infection that affects the liver that is preventable by a vaccine.

This test is used for differential diagnosis of hepatitis and searches for the presence of IgM antibodies to the hepatitis A virus.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain/Discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Low fever
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice and dark urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Clay-colored stool

People at risk for hepatitis A:

  • Live with or are caregivers to someone with hepatitis A
  • Have eaten contaminated food or drank contaminated water
  • Travel to areas of low/poor sanitation, especially Mexico and South & Central Asia
  • Share needle/drug equipment
  • Have had sexual contact with someone who has the virus
  • Eat food handled by someone with the virus who doesn't thoroughly wash his or her hands after using the toilet

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