|Mnemonic: ||[HIV RNA]|
|Name: ||HIV-1 Quantitative PCR (HIV-1 Viral Load)|
|Specimen: ||3 mL plasma from a Lavender (EDTA) top tube. Send to lab ASAP. Collect 2 full 4 mL EDTAs so there is enough plasma to freeze for this assay. |
Separate plasma from cells within 24 hours of collection.
Unacceptable Conditions: Serum. Heparinized specimens. Specimens SUBMITTED in plasma preparation tube (aliquot plasma prior to freezing).
|Minimum Spec: ||1.5 mL|
|Transport Temp: ||FREEZE|
|Spec Stability: ||Stable 6 days refrigerated.|
|Ref Lab/Code: ||ARUP 0055598|
| Method: ||Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)|
|Processing Info: ||The HIV RNA order will print out with 2 labels so there is a label for each EDTA. Only one aliquot (sample) needs to be frozen to send to the reference lab.|