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HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR
3 mL plasma collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube
3 mL plasma collected in PPT (white-top) tube
Separate plasma from cells by centrifugation within 24 hours of collection, and transfer the plasma to a srew-capped vial and ship frozen.
Note: When collecting in EDTA (lavender-top) tube, it is recommended that one 7 mL or two 5 mL EDTA (lavender-top) tubes be drawn.
Plastic screw-cap vial
Room temperature: 24 hours
Refrigerated: 6 days
Frozen: 42 days
Frozen plasma received in plasma preparation tube (PPT)
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153
Set up: Mon-Sat a.m.; Report available: Next day
|HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative PCR:||<20 copies/mL|
|HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative PCR:||<1.30 Log copies/mL|
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.
This test is not intended for use as a screening test for the presence of HIV-1 in blood or blood products or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV-1 infection.
Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.
(The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.)
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