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Hepatitis D Virus

Alias: HDV, Hep D, Delta

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Hepatitis D can only occur in conjunction with Hepatitis B infection and dual infection is associated with more severe hepatitis and fibrosis. NICE guidance recommends screening for Hepatitis D co-infection in patients newly diagnosed with Hepatitis B.

Availability: Referred to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Virus Reference Department (VRD): Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 15 Days upon receipt at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Virus Reference Department (VRD)

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
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • Hepatitis D Virus antibodies;
  • Hepatitis D Virus RNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5 - 10mL
Serum: 200uL
Plasma: 300uL
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).
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Negative / Positive
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 30-05-2023