Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Types 1-/2-Specific Antibodies, IgG

Additional Information:

UFHPL Epic order code: LAB21094701

CPT Code(s):

86695, 86696

Specimen Requirements:

Type: Serum

Container/Tube: gel-barrier tube

Sample Volume: 1.5 mL

Minimum Volume: 1 mL

Storage: Refrigerate .

Stability (collection to time of analysis/testing):
  • Ambient: 2 days
  • Refrigerated: 7 days
  • Frozen: 98 days


This test is used to detect IgG antibodies specific to HSV types 1 and/or 2 infection. It is also employed to confirm or rule-out possible infection with herpes simplex types 1 and/or 2 virus in prenatal patients; in whom, HSV infection can cause serious prenatal disease. In a patient with no history of lesion disease, a positive result for this test may be indicative that the primary infection was asymptomatic. Once infected by HSV, it is possible for a patient to shed virus without the development of lesions (asymptomatic shedding). This test does not indicate the site of HSV infection.

This test is used in the detection of antibodies specific to herpes type 1 and/or 2 only.


Chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)