Herpes Culture

Method Name

Reference Laboratory


Herpes Culture; Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, Herpes Culture

Specimen Required

mouth swab or washing, vesicle swab or fluid, or cervical or genital lesion swab. Immediately place vesicle fluid, swab, or tissue in viral transport media or whole blood or bone marrow in one 5 mL lavender top tube. Source of specimen is required.

Specimen Stability Information

Stable for 2 hours at room temperature and 3 days refrigerated. *NOTE* Specimens that do not meet the above criteria will be rejected.

Performing Laboratory

As ordered. Turn around time is 1-7 days.

Reference Values

No virus isolated.