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HIV 1, 2 Antibody (HIV Screen)

Mnemonic:    [HIV 1,2 AB]
Name:    HIV 1, 2 Antibody (HIV Screen)
Specimen:    1 mL serum from a Red SST or Red top tube, or plasma from a Green PST. EDTA or heparinized plasma are also acceptable.
Minimum Spec:    0.5 mL
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 2 days refrigerated.
Reference Range:    Negative
  Method:    Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Note:    Consent for HIV testing must be obtained verbally or in written form by the ordering provider. It is not necessary to have patients sign separate HIV Testing consent forms. Do not submit consent forms with test requests.

When obtaining consent, oral or written information must be given to a patient including an explanation of what an HIV infection involves and the meaning of positive and negative test results. The patient must be provided the option to ask questions orally or in writing. Click the link below (HIV Patient Information) for a printer compatible version of this information.

Pre-test counseling is not required. Pretest counseling should be provided at the discretion of the healthcare provider or as requested by the person who is tested. It is not necessary to document an "opt out" from pretest counseling.

Repeatedly reactive EIA results will be confirmed by Western blot.