HHV-8 is the etiologic agent of Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS). Numerous studies have documented a higher risk of developing KS among HIV patients, organ transplant patients, and other immunocompromised individuals.
Quantitative HHV-8 DNA PCR can be used to document the presence of the virus as well as track the course of infection.
Lavender (EDTA), 4mL
Refrigerated (preferred) - 4 days
Specimen must be received at Viracor-IBT within 96 hours of collection
Ambient - 4 days
Frozen - 28 days
Real-time, quantitative PCR (RT-PCR)