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Herpes Simplex Virus 2 DNA PCR

(HSV 2 DNA PCR)
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Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


What is HSV 2 DNA PCR?

The DNA PCR test for Herpes Simplex Virus 2 is performed to screen for and diagnose infection of the Herpes Simplex Virus 2, as well as to differentiate between HSV infection and Varicella zoster infection.

Why is HSV 2 DNA PCR done?

  1. When symptoms of herpes appear, including genital sores, fever, etc.
  2. To diagnose herpes if symptoms of encephalitis or meningitis appear, especially if they appear after a suspected exposure to HSV 2 or after other symptoms of herpes
  3. To screen and diagnose infection of the Herpes Simplex Virus 2
  4. To distinguish an HSV infection from a Varicella zoster infection
  5. To distinguish an HSV 1 infection from a HSV 2 infection

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