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HSV I & II - Genital Herpes

Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus types 1 (HSV-1) and 2 (HSV-2). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four women are infected with HSV-2, and many individuals are unaware of their infection. Diagnosis of HSV-2 in pregnant patients is critical to prevent transmission of the virus during delivery or possible infection of the fetus. A sample aliquot is taken from the patient’s ThinPrep vial. Should no Pap smear be required, the test can be obtained using a GenProbe Aptima II swab provided by CPA Lab. CPA Lab’s HSV testing is performed using PCR amplification and has a sensitivity of 95 percent and a specificity of 99.5 percent. See CPA Lab’s test menu for further information on proper submission of specimens.

Turnaround time for HSV 1 and 2 testing is three days.

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