Herpes Simplex Virus Type I & II DNA (HSV I & II), by PCR


Reference Range

This test can be done to detect HSV genetic material in a patient sample. DNA testing is usually done only if the culture is negative but the physician still suspects herpes or if the patient is being treated for herpes. This method can detect the virus as well as identify the type and is good in circumstances where the virus is present in low numbers (such as viral encephalitis) or if the lesion is several days old. This is the best method to detect HSV meningitis, encephalitis, or keratitis because this method is more sensitive. See Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) I & II Antibodies, IgG, Serum

Special Requirements

Whole blood, EDTA plasma, semen, urogenital swabs, urine, prostatic fluid, and tissues (1g). Send in transport medium.

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