Hepatitis B

Test Information

Test Name

Hepatitis B


Hepatitis B serology; Hepatitis B surface Antigen; HBsAg; HBsAb; Hepatitis B surface antibody; Hepatitis B core antibody; Hepatitis e antigen



Preferred Specimen


Testing Location


Turn Around Time

3 Days

Clinical Update

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Collection Information

Patient Requestable



All infectious serology requests will require accompanying clinical details in order for testing to proceed. Exceptions:

  • Hepatitis Foundation screening protocols
  • Haemodialysis screening protocols
  • Antenatal screens
  • Immigrations medicals
  • Patient paid requests
  • Prisoners (Hepatitis B, C and HIV only)
  • Sexual Health Clinics/Screens (Syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B & C only)

Non- specific requests for "Hepatitis Screening", "Viral Hepatitis Screen", "Hepatitis serology", etc. will only be tested for Hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis A will no longer be tested for when such requests are received.

Processing Information

Registration Code

see notes


  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen = HBSA
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antibody = ANTI
  • Hepatitis B core (anti HB core) = HBC
  • Hepatitis B Infection (Acute/Active) = HBSA
  • Hepatitis B Serology (Status) = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Serology (Pre-Travel) = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Immunity (including pre vaccination) = ANTI & HBC (Group Code: HEPV)
  • Hepatitis B Immunity for NZ Police = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Pre-employment = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Carrier status = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Screen = HBSA & ANTI (Group Code: HEPG)
  • Hepatitis B Screen (for Renal/Haem-onco patient, immunocompromised patients) = HBSA & ANTI & HBC
  • Hepatitis B e Antigen = HBE
  • Hepatitis B e Antibody = HBEA
  • Hepatitis B Core IgM = HBCM
  • Hepatitis B DNA/Viral Load = HBVD


Sample Storage


Sample Stability

1 week


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