Testing for hepatitis B usually requires interpreting the hepatitis B serologic panel. Sounds easy enough, right? But here's the catch: this panel includes a number of markers and will have multiple interpretations of the various results. Here is a helpful table for interpreting the hepatitis B serologic panel.
While we're at it, perhaps brushing up on what all those letters mean for each hepatitis B test will help. Follow the links for information about HBsAg, anti-HBc (also called HBcAb), anti-HBs (also called HBsAb), and anti-HBc.