HIV Screen, Expedited Reporting HIVRAP
|Method(s)||4th generation immunochromatographic assay|
Two 3 mL lavender (EDTA) top tubes (dedicated tube is preferred). Also acceptable: One 5 mL gold (SST) top tube.
Entire tube(s) at 2-8°C.
Mix the lavender tubes several times to avoid clotting.
Refrigerated: 7 days plasma or serum, 6 days whole blood
If the antibody test result is positive, testing by an alternate method and, if also positive, antibody differentiation testing will be performed. Expedited reporting (report of unconfirmed positive results prior to receipt of confirmatory testing) is recommended for Labor and Delivery patients, source patient in employee exposure, ED and clinic patients or when results are required within 1 hour. Dedicated tubes are preferred. If the antigen test results are positive, HIV RNA PCR will be performed.
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