HIV-1 Proviral DNA PCR
To determine the HIV infection status in a. Infants born to HIV positive mothers b. Individuals whose HIV screening test by EIA/MEIA is reactive, but whose status is indeterminate or inconclusive by Western blot c. High-risk individuals with a negative serological screen and a history of recent exposure
This test is able to detect HIV-1 group M subtypes and HIV-1 group N & O.
3 ml of whole blood collected in EDTA anticoagulant only
Samples should be transported and stored at 2-8 oC (do not freeze) and should reach the testing laboratory within 48 hours of collection for whole blood processing (i.e. HIV-1 proviral DNA and HIV-1 RNA detection).
Real-time Qualitative Reverse Transcription PCR (Xpert HIV-1 Qual XC Test)
Detected, Not Detected or Inconclusive
1-2 working days
Daily (except Sundays and public holidays)
Please note this test may not detect new variants of HIV-1. It also does not detect HIV-2 viruses.