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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

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Sources Used in Current Review

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-herpes-detailed.htm through http://www.cdc.gov. Page last reviewed September 6, 2012. Accessed January 2013.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines: Diseases Characterized by Genital, Anal, or Perianal Ulcers. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/genital-ulcers.htm#hsv through http://www.cdc.gov. Page last reviewed January 28, 2011. Accessed January 2013.

American Sexual Health Association. Fast Facts. Available online at http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/Herpes/learn-about-herpes.html through http://www.ashastd.org. Copyright 2012. Accessed January 2013.

Boston Children's Hospital. Neonatal Herpes Simplex. Available online at http://bostonchildrenshospital.org/az/Site3235/mainpageS3235P0.html through http://bostonchildrenshospital.org. Copyright 2005-2011. Accessed January 2013.

WebMD. Genital Herpes Health Center: Herpes Test. Available online at http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/herpes-tests through http://www.webmd.com. Last updated December 21, 2010. Accessed January 2013.

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(2004 May 24, Updated). Genital Herpes. CDC, STD Facts & Information, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm through http://www.cdc.gov.

Wener, K. (2004 February 3, Updated). Herpes genital (genital Herpes simplex). MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000857.htm.

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(2003 November 21, Updated). Genital Herpes. NIAID Fact Sheet [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/stdherp.htm through http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

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(2000 May 17). Herpes Simplex Virus DNA UltraRapid 24 hr turn around. Specialty Laboratories [On-line test information]. PDF available for download at http://www.specialtylabs.com/education/download_PDF/tn_1106.pdf through http://www.specialtylabs.com.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed July 2009.

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