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Test Code HV1TNA HIV 1 Total Nucleic Acid Assay

Clinical System Name

HIV 1 Total Nucleic Acid Assay



HIV-1 nucleic acid

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA or Yellow/ACD

Preferred Vol: 10 mL (Infants: 3 mL)

Minimum Vol: 3 mL ([Infants: 1 mL)


Note: Should be a dedicated tube that has NOT been accessed for any other testing or aliquotting


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Heparinized plasma (green tops) and Red Tops are NOT acceptable.

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 4 C

Storage location:. Refrigerate whole blood in the CPA refrigerator. Short samples can be sent out only by physician request; document in writing.

Sample must be received by Retrovirology within 4 days of collection. Do not share with other testing, dedicated collection tube required.



Off-site collection: Refrigerate whole blood, send to main lab promptly.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood Room temp  
  Refrigerated  Y
  Frozen  N



STAT Performed TAT
N Weekly 1 - 8 d


Performing Laboratory

Harborview Medical Center, Virology



Harborview Medical Center

Room GWH47; 325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104


Phone Number

(206) 744-3451



Reference Range

Reference values accompany patient report.


Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes

TBD (TLZ 03/07/16)

Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name:

HIV 1 Total Nucleic Acid Assay

Reference Test Number:



Send out M – F with the UW/HMC courier. Keep a copy of the batch sheet for send-out records.