Getting my children tested?
Since April 2000 all pregnant women in the UK have been offered testing for Hepatitis B. If you test positive for Hepatitis B in pregnancy your doctor will consult with you about the best options to reduce the likelihood of transmission to your baby. If you gave birth before 2000 and were not tested for Hepatitis B, but you have now been diagnosed, you should speak to your doctor about getting your child tested for Hepatitis B.
What tests do I need to have for Hepatitis B?
If you decide to go ahead with testing, blood samples will be taken from you and blood tests run to find out:
Some of these tests (particularly those searching for liver damage) will only be necessary if you are found to have a long term (chronic) Hepatitis B infection. If you are found to be in the acute phase, then you will not be tested further until after 6 months of an infection period has elapsed to see if you have cleared the virus.