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Human Immunodeficiency Virus RT-PCR, Quantitative (Viral Load)

Test Name:Human Immunodeficiency Virus RT-PCR, Quantitative (Viral Load)
Epic Order Code:LAB919  
CPT Code:57536  
Specimen(s) Type:Plasma  
Acceptable Container(s):2 X Top is purple (lavender).
Testing Schedule:Tests performed in 20 sample minimum batches. Call lab at (601) 984-2365 for availability.
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
 Routine: 8 hours after the run is started.
Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures. Two (2) tubes of blood are required.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Client:If unable to deliver to lab immediately, centrifuge the specimen and separate the plasma from the red cells within 24 hours. Store and transport the specimen at 2-8° C within 6 days. If longer periods of storage are required the specimen must be frozen at -20° C.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport.
Reference Range:No normal range. Assay determines increase and decrease of viral load.
Additional Information:This test monitors progression of HIV and response to antiviral agents.