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Herpes Simplex Virus, 1 & 2

Molecular Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology

Test Code


CPT Code


Transport Temperature and Stability

Room temperature 30 days

Rejection Criteria

Vial with no swab, extra swabs, or incorrect swab submitted; insufficient fluid levels, specimen past stability, expired media

Transport Container / Specimen

Anogenital specimen collected on the Aptima Multitest Swab (orange label); Male OR Female

Turn Around Time

24 - 48 hours


  1. Vigorously swab the base of the lesion to absorb fluid.
  2. Withdraw the swab carefully without touching the surrounding area.
  3. Immediately place the swab into the transport tube.
  4. Carefully break the swab shaft at the score line.
  5. Cap the specimen transport tube tightly, label with two patient identifiers.

Test Setup

Monday - Friday (days)


Real time transcription-mediated amplification (RT-TMA)

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