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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1/HSV2) by Incyte Swab

Specimen Type:

Direct sampling of a clinically visible vesiculobullous lesion

Specimen Collection:

Incyte swab

Collection Procedure:

Aseptically remove sterile swab from package. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing the clinically visible vesiculobullous lesion. Aseptically remove cap from vial. Place swab in transport medium and break off swab against rim of the tube. Replace cap. Label the vial with patient's name.

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Required Information:

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.

Specimen Stability:

Specimen is stable at room temperature for up to 21 days

Unacceptable Specimen:

Unlabeled specimens. Specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin). Excess lubricant can invalidate the specimen.


Molecular Pathology


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


12 business days from receipt




21 days from submission

CPT Code:*

87529 x2

Test Code(s):



Herpes testing is intended for use on a visible lesion. Herpes collection must be performed with a separate dedicated swab.

*The listed CPT codes are for reference use only. Final coding is based on CPT guidelines and individual circumstances.


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