HIV Reference Laboratory

The NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS at St Vincent’s Hospital was established in 1983 to meet the needs and monitor the impact of the growing HIV epidemic. It is an approved reference laboratory for the diagnosis and clinical monitoring of HIV and related diseases. Diagnosing 40% of NSW or 30% of Australia’s newly identified cases of HIV infection, this laboratory plays an important role in surveillance of HIV infection in the wider community.

State of the art testing strategies involving serology and molecular tests that target detection of the earliest events in acute HIV infection.

Our testing strategies personalise treatment options to ensure clinicians can rapidly identify treatment responders and failures and effectively optimize treatment strategies – all in real time.

• Rapid turnaround time for confirmed HIV positive results

• Support for primary care GP sites implementing HIV rapid or Point of Care tests into clinical practice

• HIV proviral DNA tests assist in resolving indeterminate serology tests, confirm HIV infection in the infant and acute infection

• HIV antigen testing and fourth generation HIV-1/2 (Ab/Ag) tests routinely detect acute infection and differentiate HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection

• Specialised genomics testing for pharmacogenomics including HLAB57*01 Allele, V3 Loop Tropism testing and HIV genotypic drug resistance tests and a designated HIV drug resistance reference laboratory for WHO global resistance surveillance network HIVResNet

• Surveillance of newly acquired HIV infection using incidence ELISAs for all newly identified HIV case

• Dried blood spot (DBS) testing for early infant diagnosis, drug resistance and viral load testing. DBS samples improve access to testing in remote resource limited settings.

• Participation in research to increase testing uptake and frequency in populations at risk of HIV infection.

Senior Operations Manager

Philip Cunningham
Telephone +61 2 8382 4900


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