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Herpes Simplex Virus Specific Serology

Alias: HSV, HSV-1, HSV-2, Human herpesvirus 1, Human herpesvirus 2

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Herpes Simplex Virus Specific Serology is a typing assay that allows detection of type specific IgM and total antibody. Do not request for acute diagnosis. Herpes Simplex Virus type-specific antibodies may take as long as 4 - 6 weeks to appear after initial infection.

Availability: Referred to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 4 Days upon receipt at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Related Tests:

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (Human herpesvirus 1) antibodies;
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (Human herpesvirus 2) antibodies;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5 - 10mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Availability: Not detected / Detected
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 09-06-2023