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Hepatitis A Test

Ensure your health by screening for Hepatitis A, a contagious liver infection transmitted through contaminated food or water.

Collection method

Typically blood (venipuncture)

Test preparation

None

Restrictions

Ages 18+ only; Could vary by provider

Turnaround time

Typically 48-72 hours

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Hepatitis A testing

Hepatitis A testing involves a blood test that detects the presence of antibodies produced by the body in response to the hepatitis A virus. The test is used to diagnose a current or past hepatitis A infection.

What tests are used to diagnose hepatitis A?

The tests used to diagnose hepatitis A include the following, as outlined by the CDC and WHO:

  • Hepatitis A antibody test: This blood test detects the presence of antibodies produced by the body in response to the hepatitis A virus. The test can determine if a person has a current or past hepatitis A infection.
  • Liver function tests: These blood tests measure the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in the blood that are produced by the liver. Elevated levels can indicate liver damage, which can be caused by hepatitis A.
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test: This blood test detects the genetic material of the hepatitis A virus. The test is usually used to confirm the diagnosis of hepatitis A in people who have symptoms but negative antibody test results.
  • Stool test: This test may be performed to detect the presence of the hepatitis A virus in the stool. It is typically used in outbreak investigations to identify the source of the infection.

Who should get tested for hepatitis A?

The CDC recommends Hepatitis A testing for people who:

  • Have symptoms of hepatitis
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Have recently traveled to a country where hepatitis A is common
  • Have engaged in high-risk behaviors, such as using injection drugs or having unprotected sex.

What to expect with a hepatitis A test

The test is typically quick and painless, and the results are usually available within a few days to a week. If the test is positive, further evaluation and treatment may be necessary. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent hepatitis A infection.

How long after exposure can hepatitis A be detected in a test?

The time it takes for hepatitis A to be detected in a test after exposure can vary depending on the type of test used.

According to the CDC, the hepatitis A antibody test can be done 2 to 4 weeks after exposure. A PCR test, which detects the genetic material of the hepatitis A virus, can be done in as little as 1 to 2 weeks after exposure.

What happens if I test positive for hepatitis A?

If you are diagnosed with hepatitis A, your healthcare provider may recommend monitoring your liver function and symptoms and may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol and certain medications, to help protect your liver from further damage. According to the CDC, vaccination is the most effective way to prevent hepatitis A infection.

How to get a hepatitis A test

Hepatitis A testing can be initiated at most healthcare facilities—such as a hospital, walk-in clinic, urgent care, or primary care office. Some walk-in laboratories also offer hepatitis testing, without the need for a doctor's referral.

If you need help finding a hepatitis A test, you can use the healthcare provider directory on Solv’s website. Solv allows you to contact providers individually to learn more about their services and allows you to book a same-day or next-day appointment from its website.

Can I get an at-home hepatitis A test?

Currently, there are no at-home hepatitis A tests on the market.

Cost of hepatitis A testing

The cost of hepatitis A testing in the USA can vary depending on several factors, including the specific type of test, the healthcare provider, your location, and your insurance coverage. Without insurance, the cost of a hepatitis A test can range from $24 to $57 or more for each test, according to FindLabTest.com.

More about hepatitis A

What is hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the liver, according to the CDC. Most people with hepatitis A recover fully without complications, but in rare cases, the infection can cause liver failure or even death. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent hepatitis A infection.

How is hepatitis A transmitted?

Hepatitis A is usually spread through contaminated food or water, or close contact with an infected person, according to the CDC.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, according to the CDC. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain

In some cases, people with hepatitis A may also develop jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes.

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Hepatitis A Testing FAQs

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about lab tests.

Hepatitis A testing accuracy can vary depending on the specific test used and the timing of the test in relation to the infection. Studies published on the NLM show that antibody tests for hepatitis A are around 66 to 86% accurate.
According to the CDC, individuals should consider hepatitis A testing if they have any of the following risk factors:
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A with a recent travel to Asia, South America, Central America, Africa, and the Middle East
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A after using drug injection tools
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A while living in a nursing home
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A while working in industries involving health care, food, or sewage
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A after eating raw shellfish, vegetables, and other foods
Yes, there is a safe and effective vaccine that is FDA-approved and available in the United States. It is recommended by the CDC as part of routine childhood vaccination.
Currently, there is no cure for hepatitis A. According to the CDC, there are antiviral medications that can help ease symptoms and slow the progression of the virus.

This publication is not intended to solicit the purchase of laboratory testing from any individual consumer.

Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jan 25, 2023

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Dr. Rob Rohatsch currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Solv Health. Dr. Rohatsch brings his extensive background in multi-site ambulatory medicine operations, on-demand healthcare, and consumerism to Solv, where he helps drive strategic initiatives in a cross functional executive role. He brings comprehensive healthcare expertise ranging from medical group operations to revenue cycle management and clinical expertise.

Dr. Rohatsch completed his military service in the US Air Force and earned his MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Rohatsch served on the Yale School of Medicine faculty teaching at the medical school and is currently on faculty at the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee teaching in the Executive MBA Program. He also serves on several boards and chairs The TJ Lobraico Foundation.

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