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Test Directory -  HIV viral load

Request Form 

Combined Pathology Blood form (Yellow/Black) or
Microbiology form (Green)


On request during normal working hours Monday to Friday ONLY

Samples MUST be taken during the morning and sent to Microbiology by 12:00 to allow time for processing before being sent to the Reference Laboratory on the same day

Specific Criteria

Consult the Virology Department on ext. 8284 or 01268-593536

Please give detailed clinical information, including the date of any previous referral for HIV viral load

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Whole blood


6 ml


Purple top (EDTA) vacutainer


Samples MUST be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab. Handling

Send to the Reference Laboratory on receipt

Causes for Rejection

Incorrectly and/or Insufficiently labelled sample
Incorrect sample type

Insufficient clinical information given

Delay in sample reaching laboratory


Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14