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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Culture, Herpes Simplex 
  Synonym: Herpes Culture; Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 Culture; HSV Culture 
  Method: Cell Culture 
  Availability: Daily; results in 1-7 days 
  Specimen: Vesicle fluid and cells from lesion or CSF; for other sources order Viral Culture, General 
  Collection Device: Starswab Multitrans Collection and Transport System or equivalent

Specimen Collection:
1. Aseptically remove sterile swab from package.
2. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing site involved.
3. Aseptically remove cap from vial.
4. Insert swab into medium and break swab at the scored line.
5. Replace cap on vial. Close tightly.
6. Fill out vial label with patient's name, date of birth, and source of specimen.
7. Refrigerate during transport. 
  Storage/Transport: Refrigerate 
  Unacceptable: Samples in non-viral transport media, bacterial culture swabs, dry swabs, wood shaft or calcium alginate swabs, samples in EIA and Probetec transport media 
  Specimen Stability: Stable at refrigerated 
  Reference Interval: No CPE detected 
  Reportable Disease:  
  Revised: 2/13/2012 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.