Pathology Handbook

Herpes simplex detection



Clinical Indications


Test Includes

Detection by culture or PCR for Herpes simplex types 1 and 2 only

Request Form

ICE request


On request during normal working hours; samples referred to BTUH

Specific Criteria

Turnaround Time

10 days


Viral swab in transport medium. Special virus culture swabs are available from the Pathology Department on request


Viral swab


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Samples should be sent to Basildon on next available transport. Store at 4oC prior to transportation