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Test ID: HIVE    
HIV-1/-2 Antibody Evaluation, Serum

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Serum SST

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Collection Container/Tube: Serum gel

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions: Spin down and remove serum from clot within 24 hours.

Additional Information:

1. If this test is ordered as a follow-up evaluation of a specimen with a reactive rapid HIV antibody test result, clients should change test request to RHIV / HIV Antibody Rapid Test Confirmatory Profile, Serum, so that both the initial chemiluminescence immunoassay and confirmatory testing can be done (as per CDC recommendations).

2. If specimens are autopsy or cadaver blood sources, the proper FDA-licensed assay is HV1CD / HIV-1 and HIV-2 Antibodies for Cadaveric or Hemolyzed Specimens, Serum.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross reject

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross reject

Icterus

Mild OK; Gross reject

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Serum SSTFrozen (preferred)30 days
 Refrigerated 7 days
 Ambient 24 hours