Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type II-Specific Antibodies,

Test ID: 


CPT code:



HSV-1 and HSV-2 IgM Antibodies, Indirect

Clinical Use:

Semiquantitative detection of IgM antibodies to herpes 1 and 2

Test Information:

By design, all HSV indirect immunofluorescent antibody assays cannot be type-specific. The test is created using cell culture in which HSV type 1 or type 2 has been grown and infected some, but not all, of the cells present. When serum is reacted with this antigenic substrate, the antibodies formed by the patient will include both those that are type-specific as well as antibodies to shared not type-specific antigens of HSV-1 and HSV-2. Because of these shared antigens, many cross-reacting antibodies are formed. Elevated titers to both HSV-1 and HSV-2 may represent cross-reactive HSV antibodies rather than exposure to both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Specimen Type:


Requested Volume: 

1.5  mL

Minimum Volume: 

1 mL

Container Type: 

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube

Storage Instructions:


Stability Requirements:



Room temperature

2 days


7 days


98 days

Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Stable x4

Rejection Criteria

Hemolysis; lipemia; grossly icteric; visible particulate matter; gross bacterial contamination

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