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HIV-1 Confirmation by Western Blot

Mnemonic:    [HIV1 WBLOT]
Name:    HIV-1 Confirmation by Western Blot
Specimen:    1 mL serum from a Red SST or Red top tube. Separate serum from cells ASAP. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), green (sodium or lithium heparin) or lt. blue (sodium citrate).

Unacceptable Conditions: Hemolyzed or lipemic specimens

This order is not the primary screening assay. The recommended order is the HIV 1,2 Combo Antibody. If the screening assay is repeatedly reactive, Western blot will be automatically reflexed.
Minimum Spec:    0.5mL
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 7 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0020284
  Method:    Western blot
Note:    This confirmation test is sent out reflexively by the laboratory on all postive HIV 1,2 antibody screens.
Processing Info:    
If this test is ordered singly (before an HIV 1,2 Ab screen has been performed), check the original order. Do not order unless ordered by an ID (Infectious Diseases) specialist or until there has been a consult with a pathologist and/or Chemistry supervisor.