Differentiate herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2 based on cultured virus isolates. For culture combined with typing, refer to Herpes Simplex Virus Culture with Reflex to HSV Typing (0065065).
1-5 days (depending on organism growth)
Typing may not be requested directly on a specimen.
Herpes simplex isolate from cell culture with infected cells present.
Harvest positive cells (3-4+ positivity) from actively growing cell culture and acetone fix the infected cells to a two-well slide OR transfer the infected cells with culture media to a sterile, leak-proof container. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.
Specimen source preferred.
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 1 month
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|2013897||Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Typing||5857-8|