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Hepatitis C viral load (nucleic acid, RNA)

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


2 x 4ml EDTA blood (1ml if paediatric) , purple top, State reason for testing

Contact laboratory if urgent


Turnaround Time:

7 days

Determination of hepatitis C viral load to monitor disease progress or response to anti-virals

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 24 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: IU/mL
Clinical decision points: Interpretive comments included in report
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis