Microbiology


Hepatitis C Genotyping

Specimen

Blood sample (plasma)

Specimen container

Pink top EDTA (3ml)

Special Instructions

Samples from patients known to have blood transmissible viral infections should be clearly labelled “High Risk” or “Danger of Infection”.

Test Usage

PCR based test requiring viral load >100iu/ml. Test will only be performed on HCV PCR positive patients

Genotype is necessary if considering treatment and following treatment failure.

This test is only required once per patient. Please do not send repeat tests.

Availability

Sent to reference laboratory

Processing Time

7 days

References

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hepatitis-c-guidance-data-and-analysis

Specimen Labelling Procedure

Procedure For Collection Of Blood Cultures