HIV Draw and Hold Tube


Sunquest Code:HIVHLD  
Order Instructions:HIVHLD is used by Employee Occupational Health Service and Infection Prevention for exposure incidents. This test is not orderable in EPIC.
Synonyms:HIV Quant Hold Tube
Associated Links:

HIV Diagnostic Algorithm



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:2.6 mL
Causes for Rejection:Heparinized and serum specimens are not acceptable for testing.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 2 mL, 1.2 mL minimum, within 24 hours of collection. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated or frozen temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory-Virology  (UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Use:HIVHLD is used by Employee Occupational Health Service and Infection Prevention for exposure incidents. This test is not orderable in EPIC. The HIVHLD tube (a purple, EDTA specimen) will be drawn and processed as indicated above. Plasma specimens are sent to IDDL where the tube is held for 30 days in the event that an HIV PCR is needed through the HIV testing algorithm.


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