HCV Viral Load

Brief Description

The Abbott Real–Time HCV assay is an in vitro reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for the quantification of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in human serum from HCV infected individuals.

Laboratory Unit




Specimen Collection


Collect in gold top SST tube, centrifuge

Collect in tiger top SST tube, centrifuge


Serum separated from the clot can be maintained at refrigerated temperature (2-8°C) during transit for no more than 72 hours after collection. 

Serum separated from the clot can stored frozen (-20°C or colder) for up to 60 days or -70°C or colder after 60 days and shipped with dry ice.

Acceptable Specimen Type(s)


Test Request

Possible Results

  • HCV RNA copies/ml
  • Not detected
  • Unsatisfactory

Reference Range

Not detected

Unacceptable Conditions

  • Missing testing requisition
  • Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers
  • Improper labeling
  • Not approved for testing by the indicated method, e.g., blood for VDRL.
  • Grossly hemolyzed, lipemic, turbid, or contaminated
  • Specimens broken, damaged, or leaking upon arrival
  • Specimen received unspun
  • Specimens not frozen within 72 hours
  • Specimens not collected in SST tubes for viral load testing 

Interfering Substances

Lipemic, Hemolyzed, Icteric, Microbial growth, or contaminated specimens

Result Reported

7-14 days


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LOINC/Order Codes

50023-1 (Order code: 1490)