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HIV Detection by PCR

Specimen Type:

 

also known as HIV Viral Load

Blood


MICROBIOLOGY


Specimen requirements:

10 mL Lavender Tube (EDTA)

Reference ranges:

CATEGORY

LOW  

HIGH  

UNITS  

QUALITATIVE  

N/A

<48

>10,000,000

Copies/mL

N/A

Unit of measure:

Copies/mL

Ideal sample:

10 mL

Absolute minimum amount:

7 mL

Method of collection:

Venipuncture

Transportation:

Transport to the Virology Laboratory immediately.

Label instructions:

Specimen must be labeled with patient name and Medical Record number.

Request test on form:

Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )

Order/entry screen(s):

Serology

Stat frequency:

N/A

Stat turn around time:

N/A

Routine frequency:

3 times/week

Must be in by:

0800 to 1700

Routine turn around time:

7 days

Deliver the specimen to :

Microbiology

Scheduling requirements :

Accepted in Laboratory, DAILY 0800 to 1700

Method:

Polymerase Chain Reaction

Special Instructions:

Blood must be centrifuged and frozen within 3 hours after drawing. Accepted in laboratory 0800-1700.

 

Results are available on a Chart Copy

 

Results are Quantitative

SOFTLAB abbreviation:

HIVUQ

Secondary code:

5153

Lab Processing Instructions:

N/A