9.6 Laboratory and diagnostic services
Consolidated ARV guidelines, June 2013
9.6.4 Supporting a dedicated specimen referral system
Laboratory referral systems and procedures for collecting and processing specimens need to be strengthened to increase access to viral load testing and other testing (for example, CD4 and early infant diagnosis). Providing for and strengthening a dedicated, efficient, safe and cost-effective specimen referral system requires reliable specimen transport with adequate conditions for whole blood, plasma and dried blood spot specimens and rapidly and dependably reporting test results back to the referring site with linkage to care. Rapidly reporting results is essential for timely care.