Please login to order a test.
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Quantitative, RNA PCR (Nongraphical) With Reflex to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) NS5B Drug Resistance Assay
Reflex to HCV NS5B drug resistance assay if viral load is ≥1000 IU/mL
Quantification of HCV with reflex to HCV NS5B drug resistance assay (at additional charge) if ≥1000 IU/mL.
The HCV real-time PCR assay has a quantitative range of 15 IU/mL to 100,000,000 IU/mL. This assay requires an HCV genotype of either 1a or 1b.
Cobas® AmpliPrep/Cobas® Taqman® HCV Test v 2.0. See Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) NS5B Drug Resistance Assay  for more information.
Plasma (preferred) or serum, frozen
Collect specimen in two PPT™ tubes, gel-barrier tubes, or lavender-top (EDTA) tubes. Do not use green-top (heparin) tubes. Centrifuge specimen within six hours of collection, remove serum/plasma, and transfer specimen to polypropylene screw-capped tubes, and freeze. Specimens drawn into PPT™ tubes need to be centrifuged within six hours and frozen. Ship frozen. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.
Causes for Rejection
Hemolysis; heparinized plasma; nonfrozen specimen; PPT™ not centrifuged; specimen received in "pop-top" or "snap-cap" tube; whole blood
Please indicate the patient's HCV genotype (1a or 1b) on the test request form.