Test Catalog

Test ID: HERPB    
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, Qualitative PCR, Blood

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Direct detection and differentiation of HSV-1 and HSV-2 DNA in whole blood specimens from symptomatic patients who are suspected to have disseminated disease


Aids in diagnosis of HSV infection in symptomatic patients


This test is not intended to be used for prenatal screenings.


This test is intended for symptomatic patients with evidence of disseminated herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection. It should not be used to determine if a patient has been exposed to HSV at some point in the past; rather, it should be ordered when there is a suspicion for active infection.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

NY State Available Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

Herpes Simplex Virus PCR, Blood

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Herpes Simplex Virus Detection by Real-Time PCR
HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
HSV Detection by Real-Time PCR