Journal article

Real-world application of the Xpert (R) HBV viral load assay on serum and dried blood spots

Kathy Jackson, Rosemary Tekoaua, Xin Li, Stephen Locarnini

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

As we strive towards the WHO goal of elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, implementation of reliable, accurate diagnostic assays is crucial to identify those at risk of disease progression and those at risk of transmission. Ironically those at greatest risk of chronic hepatitis B are often in resource-poor regions with limited access to testing, collection, storage, and/or transportation of peripheral blood. The Xpert® HBV Viral Load assay provides an easy to use, convenient means of measuring load on GeneXpert platforms. In this study, the Xpert assay is evaluated against four commercially available high-throughput assays for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) loads. In ad..

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