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Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and/or 2 Antibodies, IgM


Name Method Department Units
Herpes Simplex Ab, IgM Semi-Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Send Out IV

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL

Red Tube (no anticoagulant) with Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 0.5 mL

Room temperature - 2 day(s)
Refrigerated - 2 week(s)
Frozen - 12 month(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge within 2 hours, separate supernatant and refrigerate
  • Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Contamination
  • Heat treated specimen
  • Icteric specimen
  • Lipemic specimen
  • Hemolyzed specimen


Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimens plainly as "acute" or "convalescent."

CPT Code

  • 86694