HIV-2 DNA/RNA, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

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CPT Code: 87538
Order Code: 34977
ABN Requirement: No
Specimen: EDTA Whole Blood
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.4 mL
Container: EDTA (Lavender Top) Tube


  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert EDTA whole blood tube 8-10 times immediately after draw. Do not shake.
  3. Do not centrifuge.

Special Instructions: Specimen must be labeled with patient identifiers and submitted only for HIV testing.

HIV Testing Pathway Algorithm:

Transport: Store EDTA whole blood at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
Frozen (-20°C):
30 days

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than EDTA whole blood; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; hemolyzed specimens; frozen specimens; heparinized whole blood

Methodology: Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Turn Around Time: 3 to 4 days

Reference Range: Not Detected

Clinical Significance: Infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 2 (HIV-2) is currently diagnosed by the presence of antibodies to HIV-2, the detection of specific HIV-2 antigens or the ability to culture HIV-2 from blood, fluid or tissue of infected persons. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique, on the other hand, allows for the exponential enzymatic amplification of selected HIV-2 DNA sequences present in clinical specimens. The amplified fragments are then detected by hybridization to an HIV-2 specific labeled probe. As a result, the HIV-2 DNA PCR is a highly sensitive and specific method to detect the presence of HIV-2 proviral DNA in clinical specimens. The diagnosis of infection should not rely solely upon the result of a PCR assay. A positive result should be considered in conjunction with clinical presentation and additional clinical tests. A negative PCR result indicates the absence of HIV-2 proviral DNA at detectable levels in the sample tests and does not exclude diagnosis of disease.

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