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34471: HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative PCR w/Reflex to Genotype Print View
HIV-1 RNA, QN PCR R-T PCR    copies/mL 
HIV-1 RNA, QN PCR R-T PCR    Log copies/mL 

PRIMARY
1 Plasma EDTA 4 (2) mL   Frozen - 42 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 6 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)  
ALTERNATE
  Plasma PPT Tube 4 (2) mL   Frozen - 42 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)/Refrigerated - 6 Day(s)  

Measurement of HIV-1 plasma levels (viral load) provides a direct assessment of viremia and should be used in conjunction with CD4+ T-cell counts. HIV-1 RNA, quantitation is useful in patients to assess prognosis, monitor progression of HIV-1 infection, determine when to initiate therapy, and monitor the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy.

Separate plasma from the cells by centrifugation within 24 hours
after collection and transfer the plasma to a plastic screw-cap vial,
ship frozen.
Setup Schedule
Monday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
Next day

CPT Code
87536

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Notes
Reject Criteria: Plasma received frozen in the plasma preparation tube (PPT); serum; whole blood greater than 24 hours old; frozen whole blood Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction






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