HSV Culture, HSV Isolation
Swabs or scrapings from vesicles on skin, mouth or genitalia CSF (1 – 2 mL) in sterile bottle for neurological diseases Conjunctival swab or scraping for eye infections Brain biopsy for encephalitis Send samples (except CSF) in Virus Transport Medium.(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive report : 1 – 7 days Negative report : 7 days
Monday – Saturday
Positive results are reported as: Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 isolated or Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 isolated