Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Sequencing
Serum or Plasma
Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano
Monday and Thursday
1-2 mL Blood
Serum collected in a (red-top) tube is also acceptable.
Room Temp=72 Hours; Refrigerated=7 Days; Frozen=30 Days
1 mL Serum or Plasma
0.3 mL Serum or Plasma
Separate serum or plasma within 2 hours of collection. Avoid repeated freezing and thawing of specimens.
This test can only be performed reliably on specimens with a viral load of at least 600 IU/mL. For unknown viral loads order TC 16694.