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Screening is a method of finding out if you have hepatitis before you begin to have any symptoms. Screening involves:

  • Assessing your medical history and lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of hepatitis
  • Undergoing tests to identify early signs of hepatitis, including blood tests for hepatitis antigens and antibodies. Antigens are foreign proteins. Antibodies are proteins that your body has made to fight infectious agents.
Screening Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends screening for hepatitis in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit and in people at high risk for the disease.

References:

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114868/Hepatitis-A-virus-HAV-infection. Updated January 29, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115624/Hepatitis-B-virus-HBV-infection. Updated June 29, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hepatitis C. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115157/Hepatitis-C. Updated August 30, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hepatitis C (acute). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T413896/Hepatitis-C-acute. Updated January 8, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T233684/Hepatitis-D-virus-HDV-infection. Updated February 11, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116562/Hepatitis-E-virus-HEV-infection. Updated September 6, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Overview of acute viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-acute-viral-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Overview of chronic viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-chronic-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Viral hepatitis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis. Updated September 12, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.



Last reviewed March 2016 by David L. Horn, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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