96140:HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS-1, (HIV-1), DNA DETECTR™

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96140:HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS-1, (HIV-1), DNA DETECTR™
Alias Names: HIV
Methodology: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
Edit Date: 10/30/2010
Performed: Tuesday, Thursday
Released: 2-5 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
CPT Code: 87535-90
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: One 8.5 mL yellow top tube (ACD). Also acceptable: Two 4 mL lavender top tubes (EDTA). Do not collect on a Friday.
Handling: Keep as whole blood. Do not centrifuge. Do not freeze. Date of birth is required.
Stability: 4 days ambient or 6 days refrigerated. Specimen unstable frozen.
Standard Volume: 8 mL whole blood.
Minimum Volume: 3 mL whole blood.
Transport: Ambient or refrigerated.
Comments: Detects the presence of HIV-1 Proviral DNA down to 35 copies/million cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells that could potentially reactivate in HIV-1 positive patients with undetectable viral loads (following antiretrovial therapy). Also detects proviral DNA in individuals recently exposed to HIV but prior to production of HIV-specific antibodies (including neonates of HIV-positive mothers, and accidental HIV exposure).
Rejection Criteria: Centrifuged or frozen specimen.
MEDICARE MAY REQUIRE A SIGNED ADVANCE BENEFICIARY NOTICE (ABN) FOR THIS TEST