HIV Viral Load

Test Information

Test Name

HIV Viral Load


Human Immunodeficiency virus viral load.

Preferred Specimen


Testing Location

PLBOP; Referral

Turn Around Time

6 weeks

Processing Information

Registration Code



  • DO NOT share sample; dedicated tube required
  • Aliquot into nunc tube

Site Specific Notes

- Waikato

Referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Tauranga

Process inhouse Molecular Microbiology

- Whakatane

Process in PLBOP Molecular Microbiology

- Rotorua

Process in PLBOP Microbiology

- Taupo

Process in PLBOP Microbiology


Sample Storage

PLBOP Molecular microbiology method: Keep aliquot after centrifugation at 4C and stable for 72hours at 2-8C. during long weekend these should be frozen. Specimens once separated and frozen are stable for up to 3 thaw/freeze cycles.

Contact Information

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Notes

Separate and freeze within 24 hours of collection into a sterile tube.

Send Away Transport

Transport at 2 - 8 degrees C if transport time from collection is less than 24 hours. Transport frozen if more than 24 hours.

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