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Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1), Qualitative, RNA

CPT: 87535
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2 - 5 days

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HIV Specimen Collection Guide

Specimen Requirements


Plasma or serum


1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube, yellow-top (ACD) tube, red-top tube, or gel-barrier tube


Collect specimen in lavender-top (EDTA), yellow-top (ACD), red-top tube, or gel-barrier tube. Whole blood specimens stored at room temperature should be centrifuged within 72 hours of collection. Transfer serum or plasma to a polypropylene screw-cap tube for shipment.

Storage Instructions

Sample may be stored for 72 hours at room temperature. It is recommended that serum or plasma be refrigerated or frozen for shipment.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

3 days


14 days


30 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x5

Causes for Rejection

Specimen grossly hemolyzed; received outside of specimen and/or storage requirements

Test Details


This test is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 infection, including acute or primary infection. Presence of HIV-1 RNA in the plasma of patients without antibodies to HIV-1 is indicative of acute or primary HIV-1 infection. This assay may also be used as an additional test, when it is reactive, to confirm HIV-1 infection in an individual whose specimen is repeatedly reactive for HIV-1 antibodies. This assay is not intended for use in donor testing.


Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
139350 RNA Qualitative 25835-0 139351 HIV-1 RNA Qualitative 25835-0

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