The main application of HIV pro-viral DNA PCR is to diagnose HIV infection in infants born to HIV-infected mothers. Please consult a Microbiologist or Microbiology Registrar before sending samples.
Testing is commonly performed at birth and after the compulsory 6 weeks treatment.
Testing may be performed in special cases to diagnose HIV infection when synthesis of antibodies is masked or not present. Please consult a Microbiologist or Microbiology Registrar before sending samples
Testing is performed at Labplus in Auckland.
A negative result may be due to:
1. Absence of HIV, or
2. Level of virus in sample below the sensitivity limits of the assay, or
3. Sequence variation of virus not recognised by the test primers.
Results should be interpreted in correlation with clinical history.
Microbiology - Virology
Dedicated EDTA tubes required
Testing is referred to LabPlus Auckland
HIV DNA detection
HIV proviral DNA
From LabPlus Test Guide:
There is an absolute minimum volume for this assay of 2.5mL. Minimum collect of 4x full up microcollect EDTA tubes or 1x 2mL EDTA tube. If any less volume is received the specimen will not be tested.
Each request must be accompanied by a current full blood count.
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
From LabPlus Test Guide: HIV proviral DNA detection is performed using COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test, v2.0 . This test detects both DNA and RNA. All HIV-1 subtypes of group M and O are detectable with this assay.
$385.69 (Exclusive of GST)
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