HSV Ag IF, HSV Antigen
Fluid and scraping from vesicles on skin or mucosa including conjunctivae and genitalia Biopsy samples Sputum, nasopharyngeal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage If virus isolation is required as well, send all above in Virus Transport Medium. Otherwise, send all above in sterile bottles with 1 – 2 mL of sterile saline added. (See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Viral Antigen Detection)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Transport samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Negative or Positive
<1 – 2 days
Monday – Saturday
Positive results are reported as: Positive for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 or Positive for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2