Hepatitis causes inflammation of your liver. There are several types of hepatitis, including type A. This profile evaluates your exposure to the hepatitis A virus.
Anyone who believes they may have come in contact with the hepatitis A virus. The disease spreads through contact with an infected person. You can get it from:
- Eating food made by an infected person who did not wash their hands after using the bathroom
- Drinking untreated water or eating food washed in untreated water
- Putting something into your mouth that came in contact with an infected person's stool
- Close contact with an infected person
Some people do not get symptoms, but those who do describe:
- Muscle soreness
- Stomach issues
- Loss of appetite
- Dark-yellow urine
- Light-colored stools
- Yellowish eyes and skin
These symptoms can begin weeks after exposure to the virus.
- Hepatitis A IgG for immunity status
- Hepatitis A IgM for acute hepatitis
There is no preparation needed for this test.
Certain public health agencies require notification when this test is positive. They use this information to track emerging trends in infectious disease.
For more information on this test, go to labtestsonline.org.