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HIV Serology

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It is a legal requirement that patient consent is sought and the patient is counselled before and after the test result is known

Note :  HIV Serology screening results may be compromised (falsely negative) in the instance where the patient is receiving very high doses of Biotin (>5mg daily).  If clinical suspicion of HIV remains high, Biotin therapy will need to be ceased for 72 hours prior to re-testing. Alternatively, please contact the laboratory to discuss supplementary testing processes.

 

Alternate names:
AIDS, AIDS antibody, Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
HIVCO
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Serum tube with gelSerum tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Minimum Adult Volume:
1 mL
Notes:

HIV Combo test - detects antibodies to HIV 1 &/or HIV 2 and p24 antigen

Repeat reactive specimens are referred to VIDRL for confirmation by Western Blot - performed twice weekly

Routine screening test - HIV Combo - detects antibodies to HIV-1 &/or HIV-2 and p24 antigen

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
5 hours
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions: