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THE IMPORTANCE OF HBV-DNA TESTING

HBV-DNA testing is crucial for identifying and managing Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

HBV is a severe and potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is spread through contact with infected blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or other body fluids from someone infected with the virus. 

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Hepatitis B viruses and DNA. Conceptual image for viral oncogenesis.

Hepatitis B viruses (HBV) can integrate into host DNA as insertional mutagens causing the activation of a cellular proto-oncogene. Integration of viral DNA into the human genome is considered an early event in the carcinogenic process and can induce, through insertional mutagenesis, the alteration of gene expression and chromosomal instability.

It can lead to serious health problems such as liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Need for the test

Hepatitis B testing is essential for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that it can help diagnose HBV infection. Thus, if you have been exposed to HBV or are at risk of infection, the test can confirm whether or not you have the virus. This information is vital because it allows you to take the necessary steps to manage the infection and prevent further transmission.

Another reason to carry out the test is to monitor the progression of an HBV infection, and the effectiveness of treatment.

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Hepatitis B virus blood test, conceptual image.

How?

The test measures the amount of HBV-DNA in your blood. If the amount decreases over time, the treatment is effective. On the other hand, if there is an increase, it may mean that the treatment is not working and that a different approach may be needed.

Thus, if you have already been diagnosed and receiving treatment, taking the test can help your doctor determine whether the treatment is working.

In addition to these benefits, this test can also help identify individuals who may be carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. And this is important because carriers can transmit the virus to others, even if they do not have symptoms.

Procedure

Testing for the HBV virus requires blood or saliva samples. Although saliva tests can be more convenient for some people, blood tests are the most accurate way to confirm an infection. Hence, at Afriglobal Medicare, we carry out HBV testing by taking a blood sample ( usually from a vein in the arm).

If you’re looking to take the test, you should know that there is generally no special preparation required for the test. You may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period before the test, but this will depend on the specific instructions provided by your doctor.

Bookings and where to carry out the test

You can carry out an HBV-DNA test at any Afriglobal Medicare centre near you, or request a home sample collection by sending a Whatsapp to 2348084295796.

For bookings, and speedy delivery of your test results in five working days, do make your booking here. You may also call us on 016291000 or 016290998 for help or bookings.

Lastly, remember:

If you are at risk of HBV infection or have been diagnosed with HBV, you should undergo testing speedily. This is to ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment early.

By taking proactive steps to identify and manage HBV infection, you can protect your health and prevent the severe complications that can arise from this disease.

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