Hepatitis B

IMPORTANT: If you believe you may have been exposed to Hepatitis B in the last 72 hours do not proceed with a normal STI test, visit a doctor, hospital or specialty clinic ASAP so you can receive preventative post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver; whilst there is a free vaccination available in Australia, it is still a major problem and a common cause of death in several parts of the world. It’s important to note that you may be more at risk of having been exposed to Hepatitis B if you’ve recently been travelling. You might be surprised at some of the common tourist destinations where Hepatitis B is still a serious issue. The virus is spread through blood, semen and vaginal excretions. It travels to the liver through the bloodstream and once in the liver, it uses your vital healthy cells in this hard working organ to multiply causing a response in your immune system.

Hepatitis B can go unnoticed, but most adults experience common symptoms such as fever, tiredness, vomiting/nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice (yellow skin tones). Most people recover from the virus, but the infection can develop into Chronic Hepatitis B in a small percentage of cases. With time Chronic Hepatitis B can cause scarring of the liver, liver failure and it also commonly leads to liver cancer. In fact, in 2012 the National Liver Cancer Prevention Policy, stated that the rate of deaths from liver cancer was increasing faster than any other form of cancer in Australia and they cited untreated Hepatitis B as a major contributor to that rate.

Again a simple blood test will show whether a person has the antibodies produced in response to the presence of the Hepatitis B virus. Your Stigma Health Pathology Referral will allow you to have a blood test performed at the Pathology centre of your choice.

To begin with patients undergo regular liver function tests every six months and unless the liver is showing damage there is no treatment required. If the liver is damaged a treatment plan should be devised by a gastroenterologist AKA someone who specialises in diseases of the digestive system. If you have not been vaccinated for Hepatitis B it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor about getting the immunisation.
Translate »

Is Stigma Health legal?

Absolutely. The process may seem new and different to how you usually go about medical tests, but we are in full compliance with Australian law and Medical Board of Australia Guidelines for Technology-based Patient Consultations.

Why Should I get tested with Stigma Health instead of going to my GP?

Convenience, pure and simple. If you want to skip the trip to the GP, then the Pathology Centre then the one back to your GP for the results then we’re your solution!
If you get tested with us we deliver your Pathology Referral online and you only have to make the one trip to the Pathology Centre and that’s it, your results are delivered to you safely, securely and privately directly to your mobile phone.
Not to mention we’re saving you the awkward conversation!

Can I get an STI Test through Stigma Health?

You can currently undergo a convenient and private STI test through us if you are in Australia and are over 16 years of age. Fit the criteria? Let’s get started.
If you are under 16 then we, unfortunately, cannot provide you with a Pathology Referral to get an STI test. We urge you to visit a doctor to arrange a test ASAP. Alternately you can visit an STI clinic or hospital clinic to get an STI test. If you want to talk to someone prior to doing so you will find the details for several Sexual Health info lines operating across Australia in our Resources section.

Who is Stigma Health?

We are an online healthcare service that aims to make your life more convenient by eliminating the barriers like embarrassment and inconvenience, which often prevent people from undergoing simple medical tests. We started with STIs because they are a serious problem in Australia and are for the most part easily tested for and treated, but we will be expanding our service offering soon so stay tuned!