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Test Code HSV Rapid PCR, Swab HSV Rapid PCR, Swab

Clinical System Name

HSV Rapid PCR, Swab



HSV Qualitative PCR

Herpes Simplex Qual PCR



Sample Requirements

Specimen: See Note

Container(s): See Note

Preferred Vol: See Note

Minimum Vol:  None specified


Note: Specimen MUST be a swab in universal transport media (UTM) (acceptable specimens are NP, Eye, and Lesion) Refrigerate. Swab MUST be placed in UTM at time of collection; RN may pool swabs at the time of collection.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dry Swab

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 8  C Refrigerate within 4 hours of collection

Storage location:

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Send Outs Refrigerated Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in Send Outs. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: Transport specimen refrigerated.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp

4 h





STAT Performed TAT
Yes, with approval

M-F (3x/day, 8AM, 2PM, 8PM)

Sa-Su/Holidays (2x/day, 8AM, 2PM)

1 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

UW Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs


Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

Reference values accompany patient report.


Method: Real Time PCR

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes

87529 x 2




Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: HSV Rapid PCR, Swab
Reference Test Number:



Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier to UW NW220.