Antibody to Hepatitis C Virus EIA
Antibody to Hepatits C Virus EIA
Specimen Collection Instructions
Blood should be collected in a plastic, sterile STD Program approved collection tube. Please follow the manufacturer's instructions on clot time and centrifuge speed/time requirements.
The Virology Lab 96 form must be filled out completely. The following information must be included on the form:
Storage and Transport Instructions
Specimens should be shipped refrigerated (2-8ºC) or ambient within 7 days of collection. For longer storage, specimens must be frozen at -20ºC or colder. Frozen specimens must be shipped on dry ice and received at a temperature of -20ºC or colder.
Causes for Rejection
Limitations for the Procedure
Specimens with absorbance values greater than or equal to the cutoff value are considered initially reactive and should be retested in duplicate before final interpretation. Upon retesting an initially reactive specimen, the specimen is considered repeatedly reactive for antibody to HCV if either or both duplicate determination(s) is/are reactive, i.e. greater than or equal to the cutoff value. The presence of anti-HCV does not constitute a diagnosis of hepatitis C, but may be indicative of recent and/or past infection by hepatitis C virus. A non-reactive test does not exclude the possibility of exposure to hepatitis C virus. Levels of anti-HCV may be undetectable in early infection.