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Test Name: HSV 1/2 PCR
Test Code: 138651
Other Names: N/A
Test Includes: HSV-1 DNA, HSV-2 DNA
Specimen Requirements: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), swab, whole blood, serum, plasma OR vitreous fluid, 0.5 mL CSF or vitreous fluid; one swab; OR 1 mL whole blood, serum OR plasma
Container: Sterile container (CSF or vitreous fluid), universal transport medium (swab), red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube OR yellow-top (ACD) tube
Collection Instructions: To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, PLEASE SUBMIT SEPARATE FROZEN SPECIMENS FOR EACH TEST REQUESTED.
Stability: Whole blood is STABLE at room temperature or refrigerated for seven days; do NOT freeze. Swab samples are STABLE at room temperature, refrigerated, or FROZEN for seven days. Serum, plasma, or CSF samples are STABLE at room temperature or refrigerated for
Rejection Criteria / Special Instructions: HSV PCR is a single test that both detects the presence of HSV DNA and determines which type is present in the positive samples. There is no mechanism, therefore, for testing for HSV-1 without simultaneously testing for HSV-2.
Methodology: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)