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Test ID: FHERV    
Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Required:  Source



Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s). (Serum gel tube is acceptable.) Spin down and send 1 mL of serum frozen in a plastic vial.



Draw blood in a lavender-top (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA) tube(s). (Plasma gel tube is acceptable.) Spin down and send 1 mL of plasma frozen in a plastic vial.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected


Mild reject; Gross reject


Warm reject; Cold OK






Heparinized specimen

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesFrozen (preferred)90 days
 Refrigerated 72 hours
 Ambient 8 hours