HSV-1 and HSV-2 IgG Serology Assays Now Available in Core Laboratory

Effective Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics core clinical chemistry laboratory will begin running the Roche Diagnostics assay for herpes simplex virus (HSV)1 and 2 IgG antibodies against glycoprotein G.  The test is “HSV 1 & 2 TYPE SPECIFIC IGG ABS” (LAB3371).

This test will provide separate results for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 antibodies, and will replace the existing mailout tests for HSV-1 and HSV-2 serologies.  Assay that measure antibodies against HSV glycoprotein G are an improvement over earlier generation HSV serology tests that are unable to differentiate between HSV-1 and HSV-2.

• Specimen type: 4.5 mL light green plasma separator tube (PST)
• Minimum requirements (Adult): 3 mL whole blood from one light green plasma separator tube (PST)
• Minimum requirements (Peds): TWO light green top microtainer (pediatric patients)
• Test Availability: 24 hours/day, 7 days a week (including holidays)
• Turnaround Time: 1 hour upon receipt in laboratory

Questions should be directed to Matthew Krasowski, MD, PhD, medical director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (384-9380, matthew-krasowski@uiowa.edu).