Introduction of HIV-1 Viral Load Testing by PCR at MuirLab

Introduction of HIV-1 Viral Load Testing by PCR at MuirLab

In our continuing commitment to provide innovative laboratory services for patients and physicians, John Muir Health and MuirLab are pleased to offer the next evolution in HIV-1 viral load testing, the COBASĀ® AmliPrep/Taqman HIV-1 test by Roche Diagnostics. This FDA-approved real time PCR is the first in the U.S. to offer full automation sample preparation, amplification and quantitation and delivers full Group M subtype coverage, including the rare non-B subtypes.

The dynamic range of this test delivers standard of care sensitivity and quantitation between 48 copies and 10,000,000 copies. In addition, there is no need to re-baseline or recalibrate patients because a high correlation between this test and other HIV-1 viral load methodologies (including branched-chain DNA assays) has been demonstrated. These studies are available upon request.

If there are any questions, please do hesitate to contact Nick Byrne, M.D. (925) 947-5390, Barry Latner, M.D. (925) 692-5405 or Cindy Liedstrand, Supervisor Molecular Testing, (925) 692-5681.