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Herpes Testing

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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, Type 1 and Type 2
Related tests: TORCH; CSF Analysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for or diagnose infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV)

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of an infection with HSV, such as blisters in the genital area, or symptoms of viral meningitis; if you have certain risk factors

Sample Required?

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?