Imperial Collage Healthcare

HIV-1 VIRAL LOAD


Test Background
A nucleic acid amplification test for the quantitation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) RNA


Clinical Indications

To monitor response to treatment in HIV infected patients. In particular it may provide an early and more accurate indication of treatment failure


Reference Range

N/A


Sample Required
EDTA Blood (pink top)


Sample Volume
6mL


Turnaround Time
5 working days


Notes
Specimens for HIV viral loadmust be received in the laboratory within 4 hours of collection or if taken out of hours, refrigerated overnight at and transported the next day.

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