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hiv, viral load
Synonyms: Viral Load; HIV Plasma RNA Levels; HIV RNA PCR 
Computer Code: VIRLD
Specimen Collection: 5 mL blood (yellow or lavender top tube) or for Outreach Clients 5 mL blood (white top tube). 
Minimum Volume: 2.5 mL 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Yellow/Lavender: Centrifuge, remove plasma and freeze within 6 hours of collection. White: Process within 2 hours of collection. Centrifuge for 10 min at 3000 rpm. Transport at room temperature within 24 hr of collection. 
Reference Values: Less than 40 copies/mL detection.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MOL DIAG See Test Requisition 9
Test Frequency: Mon-Fri 
Routine TAT: 3-6 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87535 
LCD or NCD: (NCD) http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/index_section.asp?ncd_sections=40 
Methodology Used: 31
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 09/22/2014
Time: 00:16:14 (24hr)