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HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS I DNA

Alternative Name:

HSV-1

Clinical Utility:

Based on HSV specific glycoprotein G1 (gG1) (HSV1) and glycoprotein G2(gG2) (HSV2) antibodies. Many false + results when used on asymptomatic patients. Useful in patients with recurrent genital symptoms or atypical symptoms with a negative PCR, culture or DFA for HSV. May be useful in patients who have a partner with HSV. Antibodies may take months to appear.
The test detects the presence of HSV1 and HSV 2 in skin or mucous membrane lesions. PCR is 1.5 to 4 times more sensitive than culture in isolating HSV.

Container:

Swab-Viral Culturette

Collection Instructions:

Collect sample, place in holder, label with patient name. NOT TO BE USED FOR BACTERIAL TRANSPORT

Storage Instruction:

Refrigerate

Turnaround Time:

3 days

CPT Code:

87529 (1)