At Home Hepatitis B Test
- Hepatitis B screening test
- Lab results in 2–5 days
- Free physician consultation for positives
- Free shipping
Temporarily unavailable in NY state.
About the At Home Hepatitis B Test
Get tested for Hepatitis B in the comfort of your own home with the myLAB Box at-home hepatitis B test kit. Like Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B (Hep B) is a liver infection. It is caused by a virus that occurs in the blood.
Includes 1 Hep B test kit, and pre-addressed return envelope (Postage Paid)
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a liver infection that is often classified as either “acute” or “chronic.” Both types are caused by an infection of the Hepatitis B virus.
Acute Hepatitis B
Acute Hep B typically happens within 6 months after being infected. If not treated early, it can develop into chronic Hep B. However, progressing from acute to chronic Hep B depends on age.
Acute Hep B can cause symptoms like:
- Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Pain in muscles, joints, and stomach
Chronic Hepatitis B
Chronic Hep B typically develops after being infected with acute Hep B. This infection can last much longer and perhaps the rest of one’s lifetime. Chronic Hep B causes more serious health problems such as:
- Liver cancer
- Liver damage
These health problems are treatable but can be fatal if left untreated. Luckily, vaccination for Hep B is routine among U.S. children and cases tend to be rare.
Why should I get tested for Hepatitis B?
If you are an adult, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor or immunization records if you’ve already been vaccinated or should get vaccinated. Often, people infected with Hepatitis B do not show symptoms. If not treated early, Hep B can lead to serious health consequences.
The good news is Hepatitis B can be prevented and treated when taking the proper steps like at home Hep B testing. You may be tested for Hepatitis B if you also plan to start taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). As part of the PrEP therapy protocol, Hep B is one of several tests performed to determine if a person can start taking PrEP.
Why should I test for Hep B before starting PrEP?
Before starting on PrEP, Hep B is one of several tests you will need to do. PrEP is a daily pill for people that are HIV negative. One of the reasons Hep B is tested before taking PrEP is because PrEP is also active against Hep B as well as HIV. There are some circumstances that may worsen Hep B symptoms. Your Healthcare provider can further explain these situations.
How to use the Hepatitis B Test
All myLAB Box tests come with instructions in the box. In addition, we provide video and PDF instructions for the sample collection methods used in our tests.
Blood sample collection
Two billion people have been infected with the hepatitis B virus (1 out of 3 people)
- How can someone get Hepatitis B?
Hep B spreads through direct contact with blood of bodily fluids of a Hep B positive person. Hep B can spread by doing activities with an infected person such as:
- Unprotected sex
- Sharing injection needles
- Sharing toothbrushes, nail clippers, razors, with Hep B positive blood or bodily fluids
- Being born from a mother that was Hep B positive during pregnancy
- Who gets Hepatitis B?
Currently, about 850,000 – 2.2 million in the United States alone have chronic Hepatitis B but the numbers are much higher in other countries. Unvaccinated adults typically become infected with acute Hep B more often than chronic Hep B.
- How do I know if I have Hepatitis B?
Oftentimes, Hep B positive people do not show symptoms and are unaware they are infected. Getting tested is the only way to confirm if you have Hep B. Now, you can get tested at home for Hep B at any time and from any place!
- What should I do if I am positive for Hepatitis B?
Currently, there are no medications for treating acute Hepatitis B. Luckily, there are treatments for people with chronic Hepatitis B. The type of medication, however, depends on your specific needs and should be consulted with a doctor.
- How can I prevent myself from getting Hepatitis B?
Hep B vaccines are very safe and effective in preventing Hep B infection. If you are sexually active with someone infected with Hepatitis B, using condoms correctly is another great layer of defense. Pun intended! If you’re unsure if you’ve been vaccinated or not, you can get tested to confirm your status and share with your doctor if you need treatment or can get vaccinated.
- Should I get vaccinated for Hepatitis B?
Getting vaccinated can prevent Hepatitis B infection. Check with your healthcare provider to ensure that you are a candidate for a Hepatitis B vaccination.
There are a few exceptions for not getting vaccinated, but they’re very rare. One reason could be if the person has a life-threatening allergy to baker’s yeast or to any component of the Hep B vaccine. Another is if the person experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction to the previous Hep B vaccine dose. Lastly, if the person is moderate to severely ill by the time they are due for the next vaccine dose. In this case, it’s best to wait until the person fully recovers to get the next vaccine dose.
If you discover you are Hepatitis B positive, you may still be vaccinated depending on the circumstance of getting infected.
If you were infected by: Healthcare providers typically treat as follows: Unprotected sex: A single vaccine dose is given within 14 days of the most recent contact. A needle or sharp object: A single vaccine dose is given as soon as possible. Ideally, within 24 hours of being exposed. Then follow the typical vaccine schedule.
Although rare in the United States, expecting mothers that are Hepatitis B positive during pregnancy can still help their unborn child. This involves having the infant vaccinated within the first 12 hours of birth followed by a second a third dose 1-2 and 6 months later.
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The laboratories we work with are certified CAP and CLIA high complexity testing organizations at the forefront of diagnostic testing. HIPAA web security protocols protect your data.
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About myLAB Box
The only at-home testing service offering diagnostic results and treatment consultations via telemedicine. Test from home and pick up your prescription at your local pharmacy. Use your FSA/HSA accounts before your credit runs out.
myLAB Box offers at home collection tests with mailing to the laboratory. The performance of these tests on your samples complies with all state and federal regulations regarding laboratory testing.
myLAB Box offers individuals with laboratory services for wellness monitoring. All tests are validated by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Results are comparable to samples collected in a physician’s office or clinical laboratory. Tests used in myLAB Box kits have been developed and performance characteristics determined by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. These tests are used for clinical purposes only. They should not be regarded as investigational or for research. myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1988 as qualified to perform high complexity clinical testing and follow the guidelines of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The tests, and services are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. All information given as to the use of the tests is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s consultation. In the event you test positive and have a telemedicine consultation with your ordering physician (licensed in your state) or his/her designate, all additional health care instructions, ongoing care, and possible need for prescriptions if not provided will be your responsibility to obtain from your own healthcare provider. Copies of your test results will be made available for you to share with your healthcare provider. If you do not have a health care provider, you can search for one on the internet, get recommendations from family or friends, call your local county medical society or local hospital physician referral service, or seek care from a local urgent care facility.