Herpes Type 1 and Type 2 Specific Serology IgG, Blood

Diagnostic Use

Requests for HSV specific serology are considered acceptable for:

1. Pre-transplant screening.
2. Investigation of clinical herpes in Pregnancy.
Molecular testing for HSV has now superseded serological testing for the vast majority of clinical indications. The sub-optimal sensitivity and specificity of HSV serology can be misleading and lead to sub-optimal clinical management, particularly when used in relation to sexually transmitted infection.

Herpes simplex virus serology guidelines (updated Dec 2019)


Microbiology - Serology

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Herpes simplex type specific

Turnaround Time

1 week

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