Also known as: Herpes culture; Herpes simplex viral culture; HSV DNA; HSV by PCR; HSV-1 or HSV-2 IgM or IgG; HSV-1; HSV-2; HHV1; HHV2
Formal name: Herpes Simplex Virus, Type1 and Type 2
Related tests: TORCH; CSF analysis
Why should I do it?
To screen for or diagnose infection with the herpes simplex virus
When should I do it?
If you have symptoms of an infection with the herpes simplex virus, such as blisters in the genital area or symptoms of viral meningitis
What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A swab or scraping from a blister or sore in the infected area or a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; for meningitis or encephalitis, a sample of cerebrospinal fluid
Test Preparation Needed?