a. For monitoring response to treatment, where samples are obtained prior to, during and/or after treatment.
6 - 10 mL blood in sterile EDTA container or serum
separation tubes. Alternatively, at least 3 mL plasma or serum (separated from
EDTA-treated or whole blood within 6 hours of collection by centrifugation at
800-1600g for 20 minutes at room temperature) in a sterile screw-capped
sample until transfer to laboratory. Do not freeze (except for plasma or
serum). Sample must reach the laboratory within 24 hours after
collection for plain blood and 48 hours for EDTA blood (preferably within
6 hours for all samples). Plasma may be stored at 2 - 8°C for up to 2 days or
frozen at -70°C before despatch to the laboratory.
Real-time Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) (Roche COBAS 6800 HCV test)
Not detected or Detected (quantity reported in IU/mL)
Linear Range: 15 to 1.00E+08IU/mL
1 - 8 days