HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR - This test is intended for use in conjunction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers of disease progress for the clinical management of HIV-1 infected patients. The test can be used to assess patient prognosis by measuring the baseline HIV-1 RNA level or to monitor the effects of antiretroviral therapy by measuring changes in EDTA plasma HIV-1 RNA levels during the course of antiretroviral treatment.
3 mL plasma collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) or PPT (white-top) tube
Do not freeze whole blood or any samples stored in primary tube. Freshly drawn specimens (whole blood) may be stored at 2-25°C for up to 24 hours prior to centrifugation. Separate plasma from cells within 24 hours of collection by centrifugation. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for collection tube handling.
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 6 days
Frozen: 84 days
Received room temperature • Plasma received frozen in the plasma preparation tube (PPT) • Serum • Whole blood >24 hours old • Frozen whole blood
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
HIV-1 RNA, QN, PCR Not detected copies/mL
HIV-1 RNA, QN, PCR Not detected Log copies/mL
HIV Viral Load,Viral Load, HIV