PCR = Polymerase Chain Reaction
All PCR tests require separate tubes.
Avoid contamination of samples for PCR analysis.
Cytomegalovirus - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, saliva swab
Enterovirus - CSF
Hepatitis C & G - 10 mL plain blood
Herpes Simplex - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, swab
HIV (DNA) - 10 mL EDTA or ACD blood; transport at room temperature.
Note: this test is used to detect recent infection with HIV. It is not the same as the Viral Load Test.
Meningococcus - 10 mL EDTA blood
M. tuberculosis - Fluids, tissues from sterile sites
Polyomavirus (JC & BK) - CSF, urine
Varicella Zoster - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, swab