Detect herpes simplex virus (HSV) by viral culture and differentiate types 1 and 2. Molecular testing is generally preferred; refer to Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1/HSV-2) Subtype by PCR (2010095).
Buccal mucosa, eye, genital, rectal, throat or vesicle swab, or bronchoalveolar lavage, tissue or vesicle fluid.
Fluid: Transfer 3 mL specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab or Tissue: Place in 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Blood, CSF, plasma, or serum. Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.
Specimen source preferred.
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable
Culture negative for herpes simplex virus.
No compliance statements are in use for this test.
If culture is positive for HSV, then HSV typing test will be added. Additional charges apply.
Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060041) on CSF specimens is standard of care for diagnosing HSV meningitis/meningoencephalitis.
87252; 87253; if reflexed, add 87140 x2
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0065065||Culture, HSV with Reflex to Typing||5859-4|
- Herpes Culture
- Herpes Simplex Viral Culture
- HSV type 1
- HSV type 2
- HSV-1 or HSV-2
- HSV1 and HSV2