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HIV Serology by Rapid Assay

Source Blood
Mnemonic HIVR
Specimen Requirements

2 x 3.5 mL gold top SST tube 

Minimum Whole Blood Volumes for Microcollections

Difficult draws: 1 x 3.5 mL gold top SST tube
IF only one tube is received, label with chemistry label; place Provincial Lab label in biohazard bag and send with tube to Chemistry.

DO NOT OPEN TUBE OR COMBINE WITH ANY OTHER TEST REQUEST.

Specimen Handling Complete a CLS HIV Serology by Rapid Assay requisition REQ9016HIV or order in SCM.
Additional Information

This is a screening test only for acute care sites.

Available only for:
1) Source patient in exposure to HIV
     (Exposed employees: order routine using Prov Lab requisition)
2) Woman in labour and delivery.
     Please note: Rapid HIV is not performed on newborns.
     (HIV pregnancy screen result not known or ongoing risk behaviour)
3) Acutely ill patient 
     (Rapid result required for immediate patient care; requires approval of Infectious Diseases Consultant on call)

Physicians may call the Microbiologist on call, 403-770-3757, for urgent questions related to testing or interpretation of the results.

Testing Location Chemistry-FMC, PLC, RGH, SHC
Testing Frequency As required on a stat basis
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval  Non-Reactive