Inappropriate specimen container, clotted specimen, insufficient specimen volume, gross contamination of the specimen, plasma not separated within 6 hours of collection, missing or wrong patient identifers on the specimen.
5 ml of whole blood (2 ml of plasma)
Specimen must be transported to the lab as soon as possible. The plasma MUST be removed from the cells within 6 hours of collection, missing or wrong patient identifiers on the specimen.
<40 copies/ml of HIV-1 RNA detected.
LIMITATIONS OF TEST:
The assay is limited to the quantitation of HIV-1 RNA in human plasma. Reliable results are dependent on appropriate specimen collection, transport, storage, and processing procedures. This assay is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV-1 or as a diagnostic test to confirm HIV-1 infection.
Real time polymerase chain reaction
Linearity of the assay 40 to 100,000,000 copies/ml