The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Herpes Simplex PCR

PCR test for the detection of Herpes Simplex virus. Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, lesions are most common in the genitals or mouth but it can also be responsible for fever in neonates and is a cause of brain infection. Test differentiates between HSV 1 and HSV 2

Tube Dependent on sample type
ID 3644
Availability Mon-Sat.
Samples for same day testing must arrive before 9.30am
Additional Information CSF - meningoencephalitis

Eye swab (internal and external) Conjunctivitis
, Retinitis

Throat swab -Rash <10yrs,
neurological symptoms

Skin swab - skin lesions

Genital swab - genital herpes

Turn Around 3 days (non genital)
5 days (genital)
Send to LGI Microbiology Department
Collection Con If delays occur refrigerate at 2-8 degrees C.
IP Routine TAT 3 days (non genital)
5 days (genital)
GP Routine TAT 3 days (non genital)
5 days (genital)