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Herpes Simplex Virus PCR (Blood)

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

Discipline: Virology

Test information: A contemporaneous blood sample for Herpes Simplex Virus PCR can be important to determine whether viraemia is also present. This can be useful in evaluating the significance of other related Herpes tests.

Availability: Referred to Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Days upon receipt at Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust

Related Tests:

Specimen Type(s)
  • EDTA Whole Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (Human herpesvirus 1) DNA;
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (Human herpesvirus 2) DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5 - 10mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • 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
Results: Not detected / Detected
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 06-06-2023