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Test ID: FH8RP    
Herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) DNA, Quantitative Real-Time PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Whole Blood

Draw blood in a lavender (EDTA) or yellow (ACD) tube(s) and submit 0.7 mL whole blood refrigerated (DO NOT FREEZE)



Draw blood in a plain red-top tube(s), serum gel tube(s) is acceptable. Spin down and send 0.7 mL serum refrigerated in a plastic vial.



Draw blood in an EDTA or ACD tube(s), plasma gel tube(s) is acceptable. Spin down and send 0.7 mL plasma refrigerated in a plastic vial.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected




Warm reject; Cold OK







Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 48 hours