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Hepatitis C Genotyping

Alias: HCV, Hep C

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Available on request for patients with quantifiable levels of HCV RNA in their blood. Genotypes 1-6 are the most common but there are 11 known genotypes with many subtypes. Different genotypes respond differently to anti-viral treatment. Used to determine which patients are more likely to respond to anti-viral treatment and the appropriate duration of that treatment. Newly diagnosed Hepatitis C patients with confirmed active infection are automatically sent to the reference laboratory for genotyping.

Availability: Referred to the Micropathology Ltd: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Days upon receipt at Micropathology Ltd

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
  • EDTA Whole Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • HCV RNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Clotted Blood: 5 - 10mL
Please note this test requires a minimum of 0.6 mL of serum/plasma to perform.
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Clotted blood samples are stable up to 24 hours at 15 °C - 30 °C and up to 72 hours at 2 °C - 8 °C.
Maximum add on time
72 hours
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

If you have any queries about a test or results interpretation please contact us.

Last updated: 30-05-2023