Testing for hepatitis B is not part of normal blood tests—you generally have to ask your doctor.

There are two exceptions to this:

  • Most pregnant women are tested for hepatitis B as part of normal screening during pregnancy.1
  • If you donate blood to the blood bank, it will be tested, and you will be notified if you have been exposed to hepatitis B.2

Read our article No, you’re not being tested for hepatitis as part of a routine blood test


  1. (2018, June). Blood tests during pregnancy. Retrieved from Pregnancy, birth & baby.
  2. Australian Red Cross. (n.d.) Blood testing and safety. Retrieved from Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

Updated 18 June 2020