HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative

Last Modified: 3/27/2019 3:46:16 PM

  Medicare Medical Necessity Restrictions May Apply
Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: 3.0 mL Plasma from a Lavender Top Tube - EDTA in a Plastic Vial
Collection Instructions: Separate plasma from cells by centrifugation within 24 hours of collection place in plastic vial and freeze
Minimum Volume: 2.5 mL EDTA
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 42 days Frozen
Reference Range:
HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative PCR: <20 copies/mL
HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative PCR: <1.30 Log copies/mL

Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  
Methodology: Real-Time PCR
Clinical Significance: 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.
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 2 to 4 days
Days Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Quest - Chantilly
PHL Test Code: RTPCR
EPIC Test Code: IMO2068
Alternate Test Names: HIV Viral Load; HIV-1 RAN, Quant, RT PCR; HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR; Replaced HIV-1 RNA by bDNA Quant
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87536

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