Microbiology


Hepatitis C Quantitative PCR (Viral Load)

Specimen

Blood sample (plasma)

Specimen container

Pink top EDTA (6ml)

Special Instructions

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

If this is post needlestick monitoring following injury from a known HCV +ve donor, send a sample within 48 hours of injury. Include details of the incident, i.e. date, and name/hospital number of the donor (with their consent).

Please state if patient is on antiviral treatment.

Test Usage

Use for determination of active ongoing HCV infection, monitoring of longer term disease progression and response to antiviral therapies.

Availability

Local test

Processing Time

7 days

Reference

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

Specimen Labelling Procedure

Procedure For Collection Of Blood Cultures