This test is intended for use as an aid in the management of HIV 1 infected patients and is not intended for use in the initial diagnosis or confirmation of HIV 1 infection. This test is used to assess patient prognosis and monitor the effect of anti-retroviral therapy.
Sample Wed / Sat by 11 am; Report Fri / Tue
12 hours fasting is recommended.
Real Time RT-PCR
3 mL (2 mL min.) plasma from 2 Lavender Top (EDTA) tubes. Separate plasma aseptically within 2 hours of collection. Ship refrigerated or frozen. 12 hours fasting is recommended.