Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 and 2 DNA, Real-Time PCR
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About Our Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 and 2 DNA, Real-Time PCR
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
Our Herpes I & II DNA blood test is used to detect herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections; it also differentiates herpes type-1 from herpes type-2. Herpes types 1 and 2 can cause encephalitis and meningitis-- Encephalitis is usually due to HSV I, whereas meningitis is usually due to HSV II. DNA testing is analytically more sensitive than a culture, especially in patients with encephalitis or meningitis. DNA testing provides reliable means to define the type of herpes virus and potentially the cause of encephalitis or meningitis if it is present.