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What are tests for common infectious diseases like viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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In brief: Assays.

These kinds of diseases are tested for ny tests called assays that test for viral antigen oe antibodies to the viral antigens or proteins.
For example, the hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) is the screening testy for hepatitis b infection. Meanwhile, the anti-hbs antibody tells if the person has recovered from the hepatitis b infection, or has been vaccinated.

In brief: Assays.

These kinds of diseases are tested for ny tests called assays that test for viral antigen oe antibodies to the viral antigens or proteins.
For example, the hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) is the screening testy for hepatitis b infection. Meanwhile, the anti-hbs antibody tells if the person has recovered from the hepatitis b infection, or has been vaccinated.
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