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