Discuss Testing Considerations

 

What should I consider before taking a test?

 

If you think that you have ever been at risk of contracting Hepatitis B, it is worth discussing the pros and cons of getting tested. Being properly prepared for a test result, either positive or negative, will help you make the right decisions afterwards.  For instance, think about your circumstances right now.  If they're stressful, can you do anything to relieve that stress, so you can cope better with the result?  This is the only reason you should delay in asking for a test though.  Remember you can only begin a path towards treatment to manage the virus if you have been diagnosed.

 

Can I talk to someone first before getting tested?

 

Yes, this is very important. Qualified professionals are available to help you talk everything through such as:

  • The overwhelming emotions you might feel if the result is positive, especially if you are diagnosed with a chronic infection.
  • Choosing a friend (or qualified professional) to support you through the testing process.
  • The effect on your partner, family and friends
  • The effect that living with Hep B has on other areas of your life, e.g. insurance, travel, etc.

You can discuss these and other considerations many times before you go ahead with testing. This gives you time to plan and make changes if necessary.

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Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 

The Scottish Government has published the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework to tackle Hepatitis B in Scotland.
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