HCV: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is the major cause of hepatitis. Making positive HCV Ab tests reflex to confirmatory molecular testing is necessary to confirm active HCV infection. Providing a second reflex to perform genotyping on HCV isolates when RNA is detected is also a necessary step before starting therapy. This double reflex will reduce the percentage of antibody-positive patients who lack appropriate confirmatory RNA testing and who do not have genotype testing performed. HIV: This 4th generation HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV1/HIV2 infection, including acute or primary HIV-1 infection.
HIV tube must be labeled with patient identifier and submitted only
for HIV testing. Tube should be spun after clotting and remain
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Specimen Requirements: HCV: 2.5 mL (2.0 minimum) serum collected in each of two separate serum separator tubes HIV: 3 mL (2.0 minimum) serum collected in a third separate serum separator tube Transport Temperature: Room temperature Reject Criteria: Red-top tube (no gel); heparinized plasma; gross hemolysis; gross lipemic Set-up/Analytic Time: See Individual Assays Reference Range: See Laboratory Report Assay Category: See Individual Assays Methodology: Immunoassay Reflex Criteria: HCV: If Hepatitis C Antibody is reactive, then Hepatitis C Viral RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87522). If Hepatitis C Viral RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR is > or = 300 IU/mL, Hepatitis C Viral RNA Genotype, LiPA(R) will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87902). HIV: If HIV Antigen and Antibody, 4th generation Screen is Repeatedly Reactive, HIV-1/2 Antibody Differentiation will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86701, 86702). If HIV-1/2 Antibody Differentiation is Indeterminate or Negative, HIV-1 RNA, Qualitative TMA will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87535).