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Test Identifier Information

 
Registration CodeTHIV
External Price$523.14(Exclusive of GST)
  

Specimen Collection

 
Pre-Testing Requirements

See written protocols. All viral loads are required to be received  in the laboratory by 4.30pm on Friday.

Specimen Collection Protocols

For HIV/HBV/HCV Viral Load Testing Specimen Collection & Separation guidelines click here.

Patient SpecimenSee comment
Paediatric SpecimenSee comment
Sample Delivery to LabSee specimen collection protocol above.
  

Instructions for Referral to CHLabs

 
Aliquot InstructionsNot preferred. See written protocols.
Aliquot Transport to CHLNot preferred. See written protocols.
  

CHLabs Laboratory

 
DepartmentMicrobiology-Virology
Contact Details** Unknown email address **
Contact Phone Number03-3640416 / ext. 80416
Test AvailabilityBatched, please contact the laboratory.
Turnaround Time2-3 weeks.
Interpretation

For application and interpretation refer Additional Information.

Additional Information

Patient Sample & Paediatric Sample

5 mL blood (2 x EDTA purple top). Cannot share. Refer to written protocols for separation procedure.

 

Application:

Assists with management of patients with HIV infection

  • Assessment of disease activity
  • Assessment of response to therapy

This assay is not a screening test for HIV. It is a quantitative assay for monitoring.

 

Interpretation:

Results are reported as # of HIV-1 RNA copies/mL.

 

The level of plasma HIV RNA is believed to reflect replication of HIV throughout the body. Higher virus levels may be correlated with increased risk of clinical progression of HIV disease, and reductions in plasma virus levels may be associated with a decreased risk of progression.

 

An infectious disease physician should be consulted for interpretation of results.

 

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