The only way to know if you have hep B is to have a hep B blood test. It is not a routine test and unless you ask for it, the check-ups you do with your family doctor will not include it. If you want to know your hep B status, ask your doctor for a hep B test.

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Could I have hep B?

About 1 in 100 people in NSW have hepatitis B. Almost half of those aren’t diagnosed yet.

It could be you, especially if you:

  • were born in a country with high rates of hep B
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • have family members with a history of liver disease.

Testing is recommended for people born in China, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, other countries in the Asia Pacific region, and some African countries.

A hepatitis B diagnosis (test result) can involve lots of different words that are hard to understand, including hbsag positive, hepatitis B surface antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen and hbsag reactive. It can be the same if you are testing to see if you have hepatitis B immunity. Most of these words are explained in the following charts:

Hepatitis B Testing Chart PDF >>

乙肝检查图表  Hepatitis B Testing Chart PDF in Chinese >>

B형 간염 검사 차트  Hepatitis B Testing Chart PDF in Korean >>

Click here to see our Detailed hep B information page >> 

For more information, speak to your doctor >>

This page last updated 9 Jan 2018

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