Performance evaluation of the Hologic Aptima HCV Quant Dx assay for detection of HCV RNA from dried blood spots.

Affiliation

NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV, St Vincent's Centre for Applied Medical Research, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia; The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The availability of effective direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) has led to a need for simplified diagnostic pathways. Barriers to treatment uptake, specifically in people who inject drugs and in remote and resource limited settings, may be overcome by utilizing novel collection methods, such as dried blood spots (DBS). However, there are currently no registered assays for HCV RNA testing from DBS samples.

Keywords

DBS,Diagnostic,HCV,HCV RNA,People who inject drugs,