HCV RNA Quantitative Test
The quantitative HCV RNA PCR test is used to get a reading of the amount of HCV in the blood at any given time. In most cases, the quantitative test has replaced the qualitative test. This is because knowing and understanding the viral load is a crucial step in the treatment process. The viral load is the amount of actual viral particles in the bloodstream. The HCV RNA PCR test finds this number by detecting how much genetic material is present in a small amount of blood. The measurements are calculated to match the standard reading, which is the number of international units per liter, written as IU/L.