Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
Analytic Time

1 - 3 days

MiChart Code
HSV DNA by PCR, Qualitative, Respiratory (Mayo)
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Herpes Simplex Virus, Rapid PCR
Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Qualitative (Respiratory)

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

Test Usage

An aid in the rapid diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections, including qualitative detection of HSV DNA in non-blood clinical specimens.

Reference Range


* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect swab specimen of throat using a dacron or rayon swab with an aluminum or plastic shaft; do not use swab with calcium alginate tip or wooden shaft. Place swab in BBL CultureSwab (Stuart) or M4-RT transport media; swabs in Aerobic transport are not acceptable. Other acceptable specimens include respiratory specimens (bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, or tracheal aspirate), body fluid, or fresh tissue. Refrigerate.

From infants (age <3 months), amniotic fluid, prostatic secretions and semen. Add 1 mL of fluid to 3 mL of M5 transport media and freeze. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis

Normal Volume
1 swab, 0.5 mL body fluid, or 1.5 mL respiratory specimen
Minimum Volume
1 swab, 0.3 mL body fluid, or 1 mL respiratory specimen

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.