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5410 HIV-1 RNA, Quantitation RT-PCR

Specimen Type
Specimen Stability
Reference Range
Whole Blood
Plasma specimens may be stored at Ambient (25°C to 30°C) for up to 1 day
Refrigerated (2°C to 8°C) for up to 6 Days
Frozen at -20°C to -80°C for up to 6 weeks
It is recommended that specimens be stored in 1.2- 2 mL sterile aliquot tubes.
Plasma specimens may be frozen and thawed up to 5 times without a significant loss of HIV-1 RNA.
Not Detected

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole Blood
Container: 2 Lavender Top Tubes
Temperature: Refrigerated
Preferred Vol: 4.00 mL
Min Vol: 1.00 mL


Real-time PCR



Turn-Around Time

2-3 Days


Lavender EDTA Plasma or PPT tubes (K3EDTA with gel). Store whole blood at 2?C to 25?C for no longer than 24 hours. If specimen will not arrive at lab within 24hrs, then: separate plasma from whole blood within 24 hours of collection by centrifugation at 8

Clinical Utility

Quantitative measurement of HIV-1 viral load from 20 copies/mL - 10 million copies/mL

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