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Hepatitis/HIV PCR & HCV Genotyping

Clinicians

PCR continues to be one of the most sensitive and specific assays available to the clinician.  ADL offers comprehensive HBV, HCV and HIV screening by PCR and HCV genotyping with the fastest result turnaround time in the industry (7 days) providing the results you need for the treatment and care of your patients.

Test Information

  • Hepatitis C Virus RNA by PCR/Viral Load:  #891
  • HIV RNA by PCR/Viral Load:  #863
  • Hepatitis B Virus DNA by PCR/Viral Load:  #950

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Patients

Hepatitis C Testing

HCV Dangers

The CDC estimates that as many as 3.9 million people in the U.S. have the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). HCV can take up to 10 years to develop resulting in more than 50% of undiagnosed cases.  

HCV screening guidelines are strongly recommended by the CDC for:

  • Baby Boomers born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with HCV
  • IV Drug Users- past or present
  • Organ transplant recipients or transfusion recipients (before July 1992)
  • Patients with additional risk factors and/or medical conditions

ADL offers comprehensive HIV screening and confirmation testing by PCR and Genotyping with the fastest result turnaround time.

HCV Confirmation & Genotyping

A patient who tests positive for HCV through an HCV serum screening test must have a confirmation test identifying the viral genotype of the infection.  This viral genotyping test will determine the most effective treatment plan. 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing

HIV Dangers

Often patients are unaware of an HIV infection due to an absence of symptoms.  Early detection of HIV decreases the spread of this debilitating disease.  Early detection of HIV results in earlier treatment, which can delay the onset of AIDS. 

HIV screening guidelines are strongly recommended by the CDC for:

  • Individuals between the ages of 13 to 64 
  • Pregnant women (to prevent the passing of the virus to fetus or after birth from breastfeeding)
  • IV Drug Users- annually
  • Gay & Bi-Sexual men that are sexually active- Every 6 months
  • People with different sex partner(s) having unprotected sex since the last screening
  • People with TB, an STI (Hep C or Syphilis)

ADL offers comprehensive HIV screening and confirmation testing by PCR with the fastest result turnaround time.

Hepatitis B Virus 

HBV Dangers

CDC data has shown a decrease in the number of HBV cases up until 2014. Beginning in 2014 there has been an increase in HBV cases which are likely caused by drastic increases in intravenous drug usage. 

CDC guidelines recommend screening for Hepatitis B in the following groups:

  • Persons born in countries with 2% or higher HBV prevalence
  • Men having sex with men
  • Intravenous drug users
  • Anyone positive for HIV
  • Anyone in the household of an HBV-infected person
  • Anyone having sexual contact with an HBV-infected person
  • Recipients of requiring immunosuppressive therapy
  • End-stage renal disease patients (including hemodialysis patients)
  • Blood and tissue donors
  • Persons with elevated alanine aminotransferase levels (>19 IU/L for women and >30 IU/L for men)
  • Pregnant women (HBsAg only is recommended)
  • Infants born to HBV-infected mothers (HBsAg and anti-HBs are only recommended)

ADL offers comprehensive HBV screening and confirmation testing by PCR with the fastest result turnaround time.