Containers - Adult
Brown Capped Gel Tube
Old Dalkeith Road
Ambient temperature via porter, courier, Royal Mail or DX. Compliant with IATA packing instruction 650
Sample storage arrangements
If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 h are undesirable.
Special instructions for collection
Minimum volume of sample: 0.5 mL
Specimen type: Venous blood or serum
4.7 mL clotted blood tube or 0.5 mL serum from clotted blood
How to request
This test is only performed on new HIV diagnoses and not on transfers of care. Note this test will be carried out automatically on samples from new diagnoses confirmed in Lothian
Monday - Friday
This test is not currently accredited to ISO15189.
General additional information
Clinical Information: Baseline HIV viral load should be provided.
Factors known to significantly affect the results: Haemolysis