The [AVA] does not openly advocate the blood drinking nor blood ritual, however, we present basic safety documentation for those who follow this path or engage in this activity as a form of vampiric feeding.
Hepatitis B (HBV) Hepatitis C Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Syphilis
Hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg) Hepatitis B surface Antibody (HBsAb or anti-HBs) Hepatitis B core Antibody (HBcAb or anti-HBc) anti-HVC (Hepatitis C Antibodies) & HCV RNA (Confirmatory Test) anti-HIV-1 & -2 anti-HTLV-I & -II (Human T-Lymphotrophic Type I & II Antibodies) Syphilis
Hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg) - this tests directly for the presence of virus. If it is positive, then you may have a hepatitis B infection. This test may have to be repeated to confirm whether you have a chronic infection.
Hepatitis B surface Antibody (HBsAb or anti-HBs) - this tests for the "surface antibody" that your immune system makes to fight off the virus. It will be positive if you have "recovered", but this can take up to six months. This "surface antibody" will protect you for life against any future hepatitis B infections. The test will also be positive if you have received the hepatitis B vaccine.
Hepatitis B core Antibody (HBcAb or anti-HBc) - this tests for a part of the virus called the "core antibody". It does not protect you. If this test is positive, then you may have been infected with the hepatitis B virus. But this test result can only be interpreted in relation to the above two tests.