Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Quantitative, Real-time PCR (Nongraphical)

Positive results for this test are reported to the CDC.



Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description: To screen for and diagnose a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and to monitor treatment of the infection. HCV Viral Load (HCV RNA test, Quantitative) detects and measures the number of viral RNA particles in the blood. Viral load tests are often used before and during treatment to help determine response to therapy by comparing the amount of virus before and during treatment (usually at several time points in the first three months of treatment).

Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). This test was performed using the COBAS® Ampliprep/COBAS® TaqMan® HCV test kit (Roche Molecular Systems, Inc).

Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.