Herpes simplex (HSV) type specific antibodies




  • This test is used to differentiate between previous infection with Herpes simplex virus type I or type II.  This may be useful to determine concordance of infection between partners
  • If herpetic lesions are present a viral swab is a better diagnostic test

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples may be required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Please discuss with the Consultant Microbiologist
  • Tests cannot be processed without relevant clinical details


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

14 - 21 days

Page last reviewed: 18/11/2013