How do doctors diagnose hepatitis b?

Through blood work. Which include hepatitis b surface antigen, hepatitis b surface antibody, hepatis b core antibody, hepatitis b e antigen, hepatitis b viral load etc. Depending on the combination of these etc, you can tell if its an acute infection or whether the person is already immune.

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Could you tell me what are doctors testing for when they do a hepatitis b test?

Serum titers. Often a liver fuction panel ~ 6 serum tests, one blood draw will see if there is any indirect evidence of a liver problem. If these are elevated or there are other risk factors such and direct blood exposure to an individual that has or is thought to have hepatitis b one could go straight to obtaining a serum titer. Read more...

Doc is it true that hepatitis b can be treated already?

-No. There is no actual treatment for hepatitis B per se except dietary and supportive measures. However, there is treatment for post exposure to Hepatitis B in the form of giving hepatitis B immune globulin and vaccination against hepatitis B. Read more...

Mom is a carrier for hepatitis b, doctor said our whole family would have it b/c of her, got tested and no one has it, should we be worried?

Get vaccinated. You should be sufficiently worried to get vaccinated for hep b. Then you won't need to worry. Read more...
No but getvaccines . Being a carrier is significantly lower risk of transmission than a chronic hep b patient. If all are negative for hep b, everyone in the family should get vaccinated against hep b. Read more...

Should I get blood work? Today my boyfriend got told he has hepatitis b. I have a doctor's appointment for myself in 2 months. Should I get we before.

Yes, if possible. It seems silly to feel anxious about this for two months. Do it and feel either relieved or take appropriate action. Also - do whatever is recommended to prevent future risk. I'm glad he was caring enough to tell you even if it was a bit late - good luck to both of you. Read more...

Doctor recent my blood test shows positive for hepatitis b surface antigen is this can be treated completely please reply?

Active Infection. This can be yes. It may represent acute infection while clearing is occurring but it may also represent chronic carrier/ chronic active. Several medications (hiv meds) have been shown to be active. It's important to get a hep b viral load by pcr to quantitate. Make sure your doctor had adequate experience treating this. It can be difficult to treat. Read more...