Xpert® HCV VL Fingerstick
Detection and quantitation of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in about an hour
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10 Tests
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Sarstedt Minivette POCT 100 μl(Pack of 100)
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The Need

Simplification of the diagnostic pathway to improve linkage to care
  • Until now, confirmation of a positive antibody-based test requires venepuncture, preparation and transport of blood specimens, laboratory expertise, and days/weeks to obtain results.4
  • A final diagnosis of active HCV infection may require up to 5 visits.3
  • A simple one-step pathway, with a fast RNA diagnostic at the point of care, may have the potential to simplify testing algorithms, increase diagnosis rates, and lead to increased linkage to care.
(1) Mohd Hanafiah K, et al. Global epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection: new estimates of age-specific antibody to HCV seroprevalence. Hepatology 2013; 57(4): 1333-42.
(2) WHO. Hepatitis C Fact Sheet N° 164. Updated April 2014. Accessed April 2015 at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/;
(3) Ghany MG, et al. Diagnosis, management, and treatment of hepatitis C: an update. Hepatology 2009 Apr;49 (4):1335-74.
(4) Graham CS, et al. A Path to Eradication of Hepatitis C in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries. Antiviral Res. 2015 Jan 20; pii: S0166-3542(15)00005-4. [Epub ahead of print].

The Solution

Xpert HCV VL Fingerstick on the GeneXpert® System
  • Collect a drop of blood via fingerstick, transfer the blood to a test cartridge and run the test.
  • Fast diagnosis of HCV RNA from capillary whole blood and venous blood samples
  • Flexible and portable system, thanks to a cartridge-based design.
  • Quantitative RNA results available in less than 1 hour at the point of care.