Herpes Simplex PCR test is a multiplex Real Time PCR assay for the detection of Herpes Simplex 1 & II virus.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & II are two members of the herpes virus family, herpesviridae. These viruses infect human and are the leading cause of human viral diseases. Herpes Virus are capable of causing overt dieases or remain dormant in the neuronal cells.
Herpes Simplex I & II PCR has higher sensitivity and specificity compared to conventional culture or serological tests. Herpes Simplex 1 & II PCR test is also able to differentiate between Type I & II unlike conventional culture. It is able to detect virus in latent infection and also during asymptomatic viral shedding stage. The testing process is rapid and sample collection is non-invasive.
Possible symptoms of Herpes Type I & II Virus includes cold sores around lips/mouth, sores in genital areas, encephalitis and ocular herpes.