Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can severely affect your liver if it is left undiagnosed and untreated. The Better2Know Instant Hepatitis B test is a highly accurate and sensitive test that will correctly identify whether you are carrying a Hepatitis B infection. You will receive your results in just 20 minutes while you wait in the clinic.
Where can I have this test?
The Instant Hepatitis B test is available in:
You can combine any Instant tests, or just test for Hepatitis B. Our Instant Six Screen tests for Hepatitis B along with five other important STIs, providing a comprehensive picture of your sexual health.
How long do results take?
The test takes 20 minutes to run.
What samples are required?
The test is quick and easy to do. All it requires is a couple of drops of blood which will be taken from a painless finger prick.
When can I have this test?
For this test to detect the Hepatitis B virus, you need to wait about four weeks from when you think you might have been first exposed.
Can both men and women have this test?
Both men and women can have this test. It is the same procedure for everyone.
What happens if the test is reactive?
If your test comes back positive or “reactive”, your clinician will take a venous blood sample and send this to our laboratory for confirmatory analysis. Additional follow up tests may also be advised to assess whether your infection has started to affect your liver or if the infection is still in its early stages. Your Better2Know doctor will then help you with the next steps that are right for you.
Why should I test for Hepatitis B?
In South Africa, both acute and chronic Hepatitis B infection is most commonly found in the black population, where 10-15% of males and 3-12% of females are infected. Hepatitis B infection is the principle cause of cirrhosis of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. It is estimated that three to four million South African blacks are chronically infected with this virus today.
How can I book?
Simply book online or call our friendly booking team on the number above in the green box. They are available 24/7.