42004:HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) PRENATAL, REFLEXED BY WESTERN BLOT, IF INDICATED

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42004:HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) PRENATAL, REFLEXED BY WESTERN BLOT, IF INDICATED
Methodology: Chemiluminescence (CL)
Edit Date: 3/17/2009
Performed: Monday-Friday, Saturday
Released: Same day as tested
CPT Code: 86703
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: One 7.5 mL serum separator tube (SST). Also acceptable: One 5 mL red top tube.
Handling: Allow to clot, centrifuge and separate serum from cells immediately. Label tube with patient name and date of birth. Refrigerate. Freeze if specimen cannot be assayed within 14 days. Allow no more than six freeze/thaw cycles.
Standard Volume: 1 mL serum.
Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL serum.
Transport: Refrigerated or frozen on dry ice.
Comments: The presence of antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1/2) has become the standard test for HIV infection. Positive HIV antibody screens are confirmed by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Western Blot (97250).

A reactive anti-HIV test is repeated in duplicate before reporting.

Rejection Criteria: Incorrect labeling of patient information; specimen frozen/thawed more than six times.

MEDICARE MAY REQUIRE A SIGNED ADVANCE BENEFICIARY NOTICE (ABN) FOR THIS TEST