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Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, IgG (HSV-1)


The HSV-1 IgG assay is a 2-step sandwich immunoassay that uses indirect chemiluminometric technology.

Test Utility

This test is used to determine if a person has been infected with the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus. This test tells immune status and not when the patient was infected or if the infection is current.

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Serum or plasma samples in the following tubes:

  • Serum separator tube (gold or tiger top)

  • Heparin (green top)

  • EDTA (lavender top)

Specimen Storage and Stability

Separate serum and plasma within 24 hours and store samples at the following temperatures:

  • Room temperature: 15°C to 30°C up to 24 hours

  • Refrigerated: 2°C to 8°C up to 7 days

  • Frozen: -20°C or lower for up to 12 months. Samples should be thawed no more than 3 times.

Specimen Rejection

  • Insufficient sample volume

  • Sample not stored at proper temperature

  • Frozen whole blood

  • Severely hemolyzed samples

  • Severely lipemic specimens

  • Specimen labeled incorrectly or not labeled

Reference Pages


Monday – Saturday

Result available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory

NOTE: Specimens are refrigerated (2-8°) for 7 days before disposal


Vibra Health Laboratory

1307- A, Allen Dr

Troy, MI 48083

(248) 846-0663

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