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This acute hepatitis test is a finger-prick blood test for a recent hepatitis infection that can be done at home. It tests for the following:
Why do this test? The acute hepatitis test may be done if you suspect you have had a recent hepatitis infection. You may also do it you have abnormal liver function tests or if you have symptoms of liver damage.
The blood sample for the acute hepatitis test is taken by pricking your finger with a small sharp lancet. These are the same sort of small needles that are used by diabetics when they are checking their blood sugar.
Please watch this video showing how this is done, before trying to collect the sample. Only a small amount of blood for the acute hepatitis test is needed but some samples may be rejected by the laboratory because there is not enough.
You can then post the blood sample for the acute hepatitis test in the postage-paid plastic envelope that we provide. Please allow time for this to reach the laboratory.
Time taken: 1 working day* (not including postal delivery time)
Results of your acute hepatitis test will be e-mailed to you with a doctor's explanation of what the result means.
Please note that this is not an instant home test. We will send you a blood test collection kit (by finger prick) and you will then send the sample to the laboratory in the postage-paid envelope that comes with it. Please watch this video on how to get a blood sample using a finger prick test before you order your test kit: Finger-prick blood test
If you would like to do this test at the laboratory in London then please click Acute Hepatitis Test
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.