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Human Herpesvirus 8 Quantitative PCR

Alias: HHV-8, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is the etiologic agent of Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman's disease. These cancers often occur in the context of immunosuppression, which has made these HHV-8 associated malignancies an increasing global health concern with the persistence of the AIDS epidemic. Quantitative PCR for HHV-8 is used to confirm the presence of the virus as well as track the course of infection.

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)
  • EDTA Whole Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Other specimens by arrangement with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Virus Reference Department (VRD).
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • HHV-8 DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Unseparated blood on EDTA: 3 - 5mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • 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: 06-06-2023