Which test do we use?

Real-time PCR

Sampling instructions

At least 3 ml of EDTA blood (for children: including performing HIV viral load)

If an HIV viral load must be done see also instructions at the HIV viral load

Storage conditions

Blood can be stored and sent at temperature 20-25°C (within 24 h) or at 4-8°C (within 3 days after sampling) .

Important advice

We only perform HIV DNA PCR for children (< 18 months) of HIV-seropositive mothers. For all other cases, contact the laboratory?

Children should be tested on day 0 (birth), after 1-2 month(s), and after 4-6 months.

If the child previously not yet tested for HIV DNA PCR, it is recommended that between 3 and 18 months to request a HIV DNA PCR. There will also be HIV viral load be carried out on the samples of children < 18 months.

Samples must not be:

  • older than 3 days after collection
  • no hemolysis (hemolysis can yield dubious results)

For more information se website ARL.

Info needed on the application:

  • Identification data of the child
  • Identification data of the mother (name, type HIV)


On request

Reference values


How soon can you expect results?

5 working days


Yes (ISO 15189 – Belac 147-MED)

Laatste wijziging op: 23/01/2020