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HIV Resistance Assay

Microbiology


Specimen

Blood sample (plasma)

Specimen container

Pink top EDTA (6ml)

Special Instructions

Please state time of collection and label with the minimum patient identification. Labelling must include the following:

  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Unique Identifier – NHS NumberĀ  (Hospital No)

Test Usage

PCR based test, requires viral load of >1000copies/ml.

Detection of resistance mechanisms in HIV infection to inform antiviral therapy choices.

Availability

Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing Time

1-2 weeks

Reference

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

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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