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HIV-1 DNA by PCR

Components

Name Method Department Units
HIV DNA by PCR Diagnostic Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMI, Molecular Infectious Disease

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Yellow tube (ACD)

8 mL 8 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 4 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate
  • Do not centrifuge

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Clotted specimen
  • Centrifuged specimen
  • Frozen specimen
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Do not centrifuge the specimen. Blood samples for HIV Qualitative PCR cannot be SHARED between labs.

CPT Code

  • 87535