Type-specifc serology

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Accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to Laboratory no. 594 - CAN-P-4E (ISO/IEC 17025)

Requisition Forms

Reference Details


HSV type-specific serology for the detection of human IgG antibody to Herpes Simplex Viruses type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2).

Test Category:
Herpes Simplex virus (HSV)
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Herpes simplex 1
  • Herpes simplex 2

Serum. The minimum volume of sample required is 200 uL.

Collection Method:

Collect blood in serum separator tube (SST).

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Do not freeze and thaw. Specimens may be stored and shipped refrigerated to NML within 48h of sample collection or must be stored and shipped frozen.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

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Patient Criteria:

Confirmatory or reference testing for inconclusive serology results.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed "Viral STI, Polyoma and Herpesvirus Testing" requisition form including sender lab name, address and telephone number, patient identifier, date of birth or age and sex, specimen reference #, type of specimen, date collected, test requested and any other relevant clinical information.



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Traditional Western Blot, "gold standard" for HSV type-specific IgG detection (1).

Turnaround Time:

37 calendar days. Please contact the lab to inquire about shorter turn around time.

Phone: (204) 789-6024
Fax: (204) 318-2222
  1. Ashley RL, Militoni J, Lee F, Nahmias A, Corey L. Comparison of Western blot (immunoblot) and G-specific immunodot enzyme assay for detecting antibodies to herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 in human sera. J. Clin. Microbiol. 1988;26:662-667.