Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2 EIA
HIV-1/2 + O EIA
Specimen Collection Instructions
Blood should be collected in a plastic, sterile STD Program approved collection tube. Please follow the manufacturer's instructions on clot time and centrifuge speed/time requirements.
The HIV Laboratory Test Requisition form must be filled out completely. The following information must be included on the form:
Storage and Transport Instructions
Speciments should be shipped refrigerated (2-8ºC). Specimens can be stored for up to 7 days. For longer storage, specimens must be frozen at -15ºC or colder. Frozen specimens must be shipped on dry ice and received at a temperature of -15ºC or colder.
Causes for Rejection
Limitations for the Procedure
Repeatedly reactive specimen must be investigated by additional, more specific or supplemental tests. Testing alone cannot be used to diagnose AIDS, which is a clinical syndrome. The diagnosis of AIDS must be established clinically. A negative test result at any point does not preclude the possibility of exposure to or infection with HIV-2. HIV-1 may cause cross reactivity with the HIV-2 EIA, because both viruses contain similar protiens.