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 *


Test Details
Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
Analytic Time

1 - 3 days

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
HSV DNA by PCR, Qualitative, Respiratory (Mayo)
  • LHSV
  • Herpes Simplex Virus, Rapid PCR
  • Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Qualitative (Respiratory)
Reference Laboratory
Mayo LHSV (80575)
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

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
Additional Information

Test sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories.

CPT Code
Fee Code
NY State Approved