Labs/Testing

Clinical indicators for HIV testing in adults

This table has been drafted by the National HIV Testing Policy ERC using the UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008 and the HIV Indicator Conditions: Guidance for Implementing HIV Testing in Adults in Health Care Setting from HIV in Europe to include Australian indicators for Adult HIV Infection.

Common Blood Tests for Managing HIV

Date: January 2010 A summary of HIV tests which to help inform treatment decisions

Discussion Document to 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1

This discussion document reflects the process undertaken by the Expert Reference Committee who reviewed the 2006 National HIV Testing Policy from December through to May 2011. It reflects a time and place in the review process where content was removed from the policy and the decision to use hyperlinks within the policy to re-direct the reader to supporting documents was made. This allowed for significant changes to the 2006 policy to occur. This document should only be used as evidence of this process and does not include all the recent changes which have since been made to the policy.

HIV Antibody Testing by Laboratories in NSW

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 The document states current policy on testing for HIV including the changes arising from Medical Benefits Schedule listing of HIV antibody testing in November 2005. Issues covered include the principles for HIV testing, the HIV testing classification, authorisation of laboratories to perform standard testing, reference testing, the role of medical practitioners and registered nurses, confidentiality and payment.

Interpreting hepatitis B serology: Recommended wording for national laboratories to report hepatitis B diagnostic test results

A resource to be used as a guide by pathology providers, with recommendations for best practice  nterpretive comments when reporting results for hepatitis B serology

Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Infected Health Care Workers Policy

Jurisdiction: ACT Health Date: 1999 This policy has been developed with reference to other Australian State and Territory Health Department guidelines, as well as the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) recommendations. These recommendations state that health care workers undertaking exposure prone procedures should be aware of their infectious status in regard to blood borne diseases.

Medscape - A Review of Medical Errors in Laboratory Diagnostics

A Review of Medical Errors in Laboratory Diagnostics and Where We Are Today 2012;43(2):41-44. © 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology Sections: Abstract and Introduction; Quality Standards; Sources of Laboratory Error; Analytical Error; Pre-analytical Error ; Post-analytical Error; Monitoring Errors; Incident Reporting in Laboratory; Diagnostics &Conclusion

Notification of infection diseases under the public health act 1991

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 Lists the diseases to be notified under the Public Health Act 1991 and the notification procedures.

Rapid HIV tests: guidelines for use in HIV testing and counselling services in resource- constrained settings

This document reviews the characteristics of rapid HIV tests which make them suitable for HIV testing and counselling services and discusses practical aspects of their use. Consideration is given to counselling issues, the advantages of rapid tests and the precautions necessary in using them. Testing algorithms for the use of rapid tests and current WHO recommendations are presented. Although rapid HIV tests have been developed which use saliva and urine, this document concentrates on tests involving the use of whole blood, serum or plasma.

Requirements for Laboratory Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Third Edition 2013)

This article defines requirements for Laboratory testing of Antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Note: Original article cannot be found so added this temp one instead, please confirm new link [National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Requirements for Laboratory Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Second Edition 2009)]

UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008

These guidelines provide the information needed to enable any clinician to perform an HIV test within good clinical practice and encourage ’normalisation‘ of HIV testing. This guidance refers to both diagnostic testing of individuals presenting with ‘clinical indicator diseases’ (i.e. where HIV infection enters the differential diagnosis) and opportunistic screening of populations where this is indicated on the basis of prevalence data. We also include an appendix on the provision of community-based HIV testing (Appendix 3).

 

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