Better2Know is the UAE’s largest provider of private STI testing services. We have sexual health clinics across the country, including the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Our comprehensive range of STD tests and screens includes testing for Hepatitis A, B and C, in addition to an array of other infections such as HIV, Chlamydia and Syphilis.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Hepatitis B and C affect around 325 million people worldwide and cause 1.4 million deaths each year [1]. It is thought that an estimated 89 per cent of the 325 million people with Hepatitis do not know that they have the virus [2].

In the UAE, it is thought that nearly 70 per cent of patients are undiagnosed [3].

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is the term used to describe liver inflammation and can occur as a result of long-term liver damage or a viral infection. Though some types of Hepatitis will pass without causing serious harm, others can last longer, leading to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), loss of liver function, and even liver cancer.

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There are many different types of Hepatitis. Better2Know offers testing for the most common types: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. To find out more about the differences between Hepatitis A, B and C, please read our blog here.

How will I know if I have Hepatitis?

Acute, or short-term, Hepatitis often has no sign of infection, meaning you might not even realise you have the condition. If symptoms do develop, they can include sickness, tiredness, itching, pale or grey coloured poo, muscle or joint pain, darker urine, or jaundice.

A Hepatitis infection may only be picked up during a blood test, making it vitally important to look after your safety and get yourself tested.

Hepatitis Testing in Abu Dhabi

Our comprehensive Hepatitis Screen tests your blood sample for Hepatitis A, B and C. This screen is suitable for those who have achieved 28 days of incubation. This is the length of time between potential exposure to an infection and your test.

Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can be tested individually at our clinics in Abu Dhabi. They are also included in a host of other STI screens, including our:

  • Platinum Screen – HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma and Trichomonas.
  • Early Detection Screen – HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
  • Gold Screen – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas and Herpes.
  • Instant Six Screen – rapid results for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

To view your results, you can log in to your secure Patient Area at any time. Furthermore, Better2Know will contact you through your preference of phone call, email or SMS once all your results are ready.

Testing positive for Hepatitis

Abu Dhabi is an international city with a bustling expatriate community. However, when it comes to sexual health, local legislation can be complex. Better2Know’s tests are performed in line with national guidelines and, as per UAE regulations, identification may be required at your appointment. Remember, if you are visiting or living in Abu Dhabi, it is always Better2Know the relevant laws.

Arrange your Hepatitis test now

Our Marina Village and Fatima Bint Mubarak St clinics are open six days a week for your private appointment. This can be booked online or by calling our highly trained Sexual Health Advisors today on the number above.

Sources

[1] World Health Organisation: Hepatitis

[2] World Hepatitis Alliance: Overcoming the Barriers to Diagnosis of Viral Hepatitis

[3] Gulf News: 70% of Hepatitis patients in UAE are undiagnosed

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