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Test Code HSVP Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 & 2 DNA PCR

Important Note

For swab, please specify the source. If not, the specimen type will be reported as "SWAB" in the final report.

For swab collection, a special collection media (red top) is needed. Please dispatch a porter to the Molecular Diagnosis Centre with the following instruction: "Collect 1× swab for Herpes PCR".


Additional Codes

LOINC: 20444-6

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type:
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
Container/Tube: Sterile plain container
Specimen Volume: Entire collection


Submit only one of the following:
Specimen Type:
Swab Sources: please specify
Container/Tube: Universal transport media (dry swab in plain container is acceptable too)
Specimen Volume: Entire collection


Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 3mL

Days and Times Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, TAT 1-3 working days


Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction, Qualitative

Service Code



Last updated 14/12/2020

Unacceptable Condition

Whole blood Frozen or hemolysis

Specimen Stability

7 days, refrigerated

Testing Laboratory

National University Hospital
Molecular Diagnosis Centre, 67724384

Useful For

Aids in rapid diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections. Able to differentiate between HSV Type 1 and Type 2 infection.


Non-detectable titre < 100 copies/mL