• Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

  • Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex virus Real time typing PCR  test (qualitative assay)

Brief   guideline for sample acceptance




Time of sample collection

Sample type/ Volume/ Container

Test Availability

Transport and short term storage

Very brief history is mandatory



Fill all the other fields in the request form very clearly.


Container should be properly label

Preferred before starting  antivirals 1.Blood in EDTA tube or plain  red top tube,

minimum 2mL volume


2.CSF into sterile tube minimum 200uL


3.Swabs in 2.0mL, Viral Transport Media


Heparinized or very low volume samples

may not be accepted for testing


The assay is performed minimum of

2 times per week depending on the test volume

Specimen should be transported to the laboratory at 2 to 8°C as soon as possible,

if in delay they may be stored in the refrigerator at 2 to 8°C up to 2 days before being tested


Dr. J.I. Abeynayake

Consultant Medical Virologist

Department of Virology

Medical Research Institute

Thelephone:  +94 71 9900940

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