Herpes simplex (HSV) PCR viral swab




  • Used to differentiate Herpes simplex lesions from Varicella zoster virus vesicles
  • Also used to distinguish Herpes simplex type I and type II lesions
  • This investigation is also suitable for the diagnosis of primary herpetic gingivo-stomatitis in children

Sample requirements

Check swab expiry date before use

(Date is in YYMMDD format)

The vesicle should be de-roofed and the swab ground into the base of the lesion

Place swab into virus transport tube

For gingivo-stomatitis sample the buccal mucosa 

Viral swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset


Store at room temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

May be tested in house or sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 5 working days

Page last reviewed: 12/12/2017