Viral load and resistance follow up

Viral load and resistance follow up in specific groups according to relevant clinical algorithms.

Samples Test Pathogens covered

2x EDTA blood (purple cap/ black cap ring, 4 mL tube).

Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Please ensure samples are received by the laboratory on the same day as they are taken.


HIV RNA (Abbott RealTime RT-PCR)

HIV resistance


HBV RNA (Abbott RealTime PCR)

HBV genotyping/resistance

Hepatitis B virus (HBV)

HCV RNA (Abbott RealTime RT-PCR)

HCV genotyping

HCV resistance

Hepatitis C virus (HCV)

CMV DNA (Qiagen monoplex test)*

Ganciclovir resistance

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

EBV DNA (Qiagen monoplex test)*

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)

Adenovirus DNA (Euroclone monoplex test)* 



BK virus

Parvovirus B19 DNA (Qiagen monoplex PCR)


 *The laboratory has also a quantitative triplex RealTime PCR for CMV, EBV & adenovirus (to arrange testing, please contact Consultant Virologist).

Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627