HIV-1/HIV-2 CPT: 86702

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1-5 days

Specimen Requirements




1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube.


If tube other than a gel-barrier tube is used, transfer separated serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube.

Storage Instructions


Patient Information

To determine if you are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

At least once, when you are 13 to 64 years old; when you think you may have been exposed to the virus; before becoming pregnant or when pregnant; once a year if you are at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.

A blood sample collected from a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick; there are also HIV antibody tests available that can be performed on oral fluid.