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 DNA blood test is used to detect strains 1 and 2 of the 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—Herpes encephalitis is usually caused by the HSV-1 strain, whereas herpes meningitis is usually caused by the HSV-2 strain.
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.
Additionally, HSV-1 and HSV-2 both cause oral and genital herpes.