Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody With Reflex to Quantitative Real-time PCR*

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Turnaround Time: 1 - 3 days
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Test Type: 3 mL Serum or plasma


Diagnosis of active hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

Gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or plasma preparation tube (PPT).

Two samples must be submitted.

Antibody test: If tube other than a gel-barrier tube is used, transfer separated serum/plasma to a plastic transport tube.

PCR test: Centrifuge sample within 24 hours of collection. Transfer serum/plasma to a screw-cap polypropylene transport tube. Ship frozen (preferred). Plasma from a PPT can be frozen and shipped in situ. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit a separate frozen specimen for each test requested.

Antibody test: refrigerated (preferred) up to 14 days. Frozen up to 14 days, room temperature up to 14 days.

PCR test: frozen (preferred) up to 6 weeks, refrigerated up to 72 hours, room temperature up to 24 hours.