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Human Herpes Group (HSV 1 & 2, VZV) by PCR - Lesion Scraping

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster, Chickenpox, Eczema herpeticum, herpetic whitlow, genital ulcer, cold sore

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 4 days
Specimen type
  • Lesion scraping
Specimen requirements
  • Lesion scraping in universal transport medium       
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements


Disease condition

HSV-1 and HSV-2:

  • Herpes labialis
  • Herpes genitalis
  • Gingivostomatitis
  • Herpetic whitlow
  • Eczema herpeticum
  • Cold sore                                  


  • Chicken pox
  • Herpes zoster


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