Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1), Quantitative, Real-time PCR (Nongraphical)

CPT: 87536
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  • HIV-1 Plasma Viremia
  • HIV-1 RNA by Real-time PCR, Quantitative

Special Instructions

This procedure does not provide serial monitoring; it is intended for one-time use only. If serial monitoring is required, please order test 550420.

Expected Turnaround Time

3 - 4 days

Specimen Requirements




3.5 mL

Minimum Volume

1.1 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube or plasma preparation tube (PPT™)


Centrifuge sample within 24 hours of collection. Transfer plasma to a screw-cap polypropylene transport tube. Ship frozen (preferred). To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit a separate frozen specimen for each test requested.

Storage Instructions

Freeze (preferred) or refrigerate. Stable at room temperature for 24 hours or refrigerated for six days. Stable frozen for six weeks.

Causes for Rejection

Incorrect anticoagulant; PPT™ frozen and/or not centrifuged

Test Details


Detect and quantitate HIV-1 in plasma


Assay range: 20−10,000,000 copies/mL


Cobas® AmpliPrep/Cobas® TaqMan® HIV-1 Test, Version 2.0


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
550430 RNA, Real Time PCR (Non-Graph) 20447-9 550413 HIV-1 RNA by PCR copies/mL 20447-9
550430 RNA, Real Time PCR (Non-Graph) 20447-9 550414 log10 HIV-1 RNA log10copy/mL 29541-0

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