Skip to Main Content Go to Sitemap

HSV 1 & 2, VZV by PCR - Blood

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus, Herpes Virus

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
  • Whole blood
Specimen requirements
  • Whole blood (EDTA) - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 3-5 mL recommended for multiple tests
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:

  • Neonatal and disseminated herpes simplex infections
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis                                       


  • Chickenpox
  • disseminated varicella zoster infection
  • Encephalitis
Back to Top