Hepatitis C Virus
(Microbiology)
Investigations Hepatitis C Virus

Serology Tests
HCV antibody/antigen screen

Molecular Tests
HCV RNA (TMA)
HCV Genotypic Antiviral Resistance
Inform lab before sending No, except for URGENT SAMPLES. Contact the laboratory on 0151 706 4410 to request urgent testing, including HCV RNA.
Specimen type Serology
Clotted blood: 5ml Clot activator and separation gel (GOLD CAPPED) container.
EDTA: 4ml blood into a EDTA (LAVENDER CAPPED) container.

Molecular
EDTA: 4ml blood into a EDTA (LAVENDER CAPPED) container.
Ideal time to take specimen  
Labelling requirements click here
How to take the specimen  
Transport to the laboratory Bloods should arrive at the laboratory no later than 16:00 hours. The integrity of samples may be compromised if they are not received in the laboratory on the same day as they are taken.
If transport is delayed then store at +4°C
Test Times Serology: Daily
HCV RNA: 3 times a week
Turnround Serology: 3 working days (for a negative result)
HCV RNA: 5 working days
Additional information Please complete as much detail as possible on our dedicated HCV resistance forms when requesting HCV resistance tests.
Additional Examination Requests click here


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