Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV): ToRCH Serology

Infections of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) most often cause blister-like sores or blemishes on the skin that eventually crust over in scabs before healing.

Two serological subtypes of HSV have been described: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is primarily associated with infection in the tongue, mouth, lips, pharynx and eyes; whereas HSV-2 is primarily associated with genital and neonatal infection. However, either type can cause genital infections, and HSV-1 is increasingly recognized as a cause of genital symptoms. Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This is an important cause of morbidity and mortality.

HSV (1+2) IgG assays are used for diagnostic assessment of prior infection with HSV-1 and/or HSV-2. HSV IgG type specific assays will help to select appropriate treatment and improve patient follow-up, but also to avoid undiagnosed HSV-2 infection in pregnant women and better monitor at risk pregnancies. HSV (1+2) IgM assays are indicated for the detection of early or recent and neonatal infections and the diagnosis of encephalitis caused by HSV.

HSV (1 and 2) IgG EIA Kit

96 enzyme immunoassays for IgG antibodies to herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2

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