Specimen Requirements


HIV RNA, PCR (Viral Load)

Specimen Requirement

1 PPT tube. Freshly drawn specimens must be centrifuged within 6 hours of collection.



Refrigerate: 5 days; Frozen: >5 days

Reference Range

By Report


3-5 days

Clinical Use

The HIV-1 RNA Viral Load assay is a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for the quantitation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) in human plasma from HIV-1 infected individuals. This assay is intended for use in conjunction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers for disease prognosis and for use as an aid in assessing viral response to antiretroviral treatment as measured by changes in plasma HIV-1 RNA levels. This assay is not intended to be used as a donor screening test for HIV-1 or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV-1 infection.

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