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HIV Quantitative PCR (Viral Load)

Microbiology


Specimen

Blood sample (plasma)

Specimen container

Pink top EDTA (6ml)

Special Instructions

Samples from patients known to have blood transmissible viral infections should be clearly labelled “High Risk” or “Danger of Infection”.

Test Usage

Use for determination of active ongoing infection, monitoring of longer term disease progression and response to antiviral therapies.

Availability

Local test

Turnaround Time

8 days

Reference

http://www.bhiva.org/HIV-testing-guidelines.aspx

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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