Hep B Titer

Useful information about the Hep B Titer


Updated February 17, 2017 By

What is Hep B?

Hep B is the short way of referring to Hepatitis B (sometimes known as HBV). Hep B is a disease caused by the Hep B virus. The Hepatitis B virus is in the Hepadnaviridae and can cause both self-limiting and chronic diseases, particularly in the liver. Hep B is transmitted by blood and sexual activity.

What is a Hep B titer?

A Hep B titer generally refers to a special test known as the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test. The Hep B test is frequently used to check the blood for evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B. It is not a shot or vaccination and the analysis needs to be performed by a laboratory. If you need a Hep B titer and want to skip reading the rest of this, we would recommend ordering from Accesa Labs to get a great price on a Hep B titer:

Can a Hep B titer refer to any other test?

Infrequently, the Hep B titer can be used to refer to a less common test known as the Hepatitis B Surface Antigen test. This test is sometimes used to check for the presence of the Hepatitis B disease, something that is uncommon in the US and that is typically ordered under the direction of a medical provider.

Why do I need a Hep B titer?

The Hep B titer is used to verify immunity to Hepatitis B. People who will be studying or working in a healthcare setting such as a hospital are frequently asked to get a Hep B titer. Working in a hospital increases the chance that one will get exposed to a patient who has the Hepatitis B disease and the Hep B titer helps demonstrate immunity to Hep B.

Why would I be immune to Hep B?

The Hep B vaccine is a routine part of childhood vaccinations in developing countries. As a result, most people have been immunized to Hep B. For many people, receiving the Hep B vaccine series confers lifelong immunity to the disease.

What's the procedure for getting a Hep B titer?

A Hep B titer is a blood test. To get a Hep B titer, one needs to go to a laboratory or a medical office and get one's blood drawn. Ultimately, a laboratory must process blood to analyze the Hep B titer. Additionally, it is important to know that a Hep B titer requires a lab order from a doctor or other licensed medical provider before it can be performed.

What is measured in a Hep B titer test?

The Hep B titer test measures the blood antibody titer levels of Hep B (typcially the Hep B Surface Antigen as described above). The Hep B titer levels are measured and then compared against generally accepted reference ranges provided by the lab.

How long does it take to get Hep B titer results?

Getting results for a Hep B titer can take 2 days to weeks. Hep B titer results depend on the speed of the lab and the turnaround time of the doctor or medical provider who ordered the titer. It's important to note that the provider will receive Hep B titer results first and then will have to release them to the patient.

What does a Hep B titer lab report look like?

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How do I interpret Hep B titer results?

The results one gets on their Hep B titer report can be compared against the ranges on the lab report. If the Hep B titer (in this case, the Hep B Surface Antibody) results are positive, that signifies that the person is considered immune to Hep B according to accepted standards. If the Hep B titer results are equivocal or negative, that generally means that the person is not considered immune to Hep B and either needs to repeat the Hep B vaccine series again or sign a waiver (if acceptable) opting out of the vaccinations.

Will my health insurance pay for my Hep B titer?

Some insurance companies "cover" the Hep B titer but, even if it's considered covered, there may be additional lab bills and co-pays involved. Additionally, before one can get a Hep B titer, one must have a lab order for it from a doctor or licensed medical provider.

What CPT codes are used for the Hep B titer?

CPT codes that might be used for the Hep B titer include 86704 and 86706.

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