Journal Article

Transient Viremia in HIV-Infected Patients and Use of Plasma Preparation Tubes

Valentina Stosor, Frank J. Palella, Baiba Berzins, Michele Till, Angel Leake, Joan S. Chmiel and Robert L. Murphy

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue 11, pages 1671-1674
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/498025
Transient Viremia in HIV-Infected Patients and Use of Plasma Preparation Tubes

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Using plasma preparation tubes for the collection and storage of plasma resulted in factitious, low-level human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) viremia among patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy who incurred unnecessary additional clinic visits, laboratory testing, and medication changes. We caution clinicians against the routine use of plasma preparation tubes for collection of blood samples for HIV-1 level 1 quantification.

Journal Article.  2272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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