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Herpes Simplex PCR




Genital / Skin / Throat swab

Specimen Container

Red topped viral Copan swab

Blue M swab (GUM patients ONLY)

Test Usage

Detection by PCR of sexually transmitted Herpes Simplex virus in genital and extra- genital sites

Test will detect both HSV 1 and HSV 2 subtypes

Please note HSV PCR is also part of other specimen types:

  • CSF – Virology
  • Eye swab – Virology


In-house testing for genital and GUM samples.

Processing Time

2-5 days

Useful Links

For Patients

Herpes Testing – Lab Tests Online UK

Genital herpes – NHS

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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