Shipment of samples
: HIV HGM BioBank staff send the so-called “kickstarter toolkit”
to the staff responsible for the shipment of samples in the corresponding hospitals, centres and services; this toolkit contains documents which explain how the extraction and shipment of biological material to HIV HGM BioBank should be done. All these documents are available in the downloads area in this website’s donor area
HIV HGM BioBank and the corresponding hospital, centre or service have to arrange the date of extraction beforehand in order to send the samples. Once the date of shipment is arranged as well, the hospital makes an appointment with the patients to carry out the extraction and HIV HGM BioBank contacts the courier company to make the collection. In the case of samples from HGUGM, the staff designated by clinicians takes care of bringing the samples to HIV HGM BioBank platform.
Prior to sample extraction from patients for research purposes, they must sign a document that explains how extractions are made and what samples are for. This document is the informed consent or the informed assent in case of patients between 12 and 16 years old.