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.
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:
For more information, speak to your doctor >>
This page last updated 9 Jan 2018