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HIV Quantitative Nucleic Acid Test

Referred out to Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab)

Consult the ProvLab Guide to Services for test requirements and complete the appropriate ProvLab requisition available at: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/lab/Page3317.aspx.

Source Blood
Mnemonic HIV QUANT
Specimen Requirements

2 x 4 mL lavender top EDTA tubes

Pediatric: 2 mL

Specimen Handling

Do not freeze.

Transport whole blood on ice. Ensure tubes are not in direct contact with ice pack so specimen does not freeze.

Send specimen in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

Ship by TDG category B.

Additional Information

Ordering physician MUST consult Provincial Lab Virologist on call at 403-944-1200 prior to specimen collection.

Refer to Provincial Laboratory http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/lab/page3317.aspx.

CLS Staff: Collect specimen and forward to Provincial Lab, who will confirm approval has been obtained before testing. 

Testing Location Referred out to ProvLab
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s) HIV RNA
Reference Interval