Viral load ?
Nov 14, 2001
Dear Dr Holodniy,
I went to get a viral load test to see what my viral load was.
I know that when HIV is in contact with air it dies.
My question is, When the blood is collected into the tube to be taken to the lab,what if air got into that tube? Will there be enough HIV left to do the test or the little amount of air will kill off the contents of the whole tube? or the air won't effect the pool of blood taken?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
There will be air inside the blood tube. But as long as the blood is liquid, viral load will be relatively stable for overnight shipment to a lab.
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