Herpes Simplex Virus infections are common worldwide. The virus has 2 types of DNA viruses: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The treatment for both of the viruses is the same. Herpes simplex virus is detected through the testing of a sample from a sore, fluid or blister, which can confirm the herpes infection diagnose.
Herpes is spread through kissing and sexual relations. The virus is transmitted through an infected person’s sores, genital secretions, mucosal surfaces or oral secretions. Herpes simplex virus can shed from skin that looks normal. 90% of infected people show no signs of the Herpes simplex virus. Herpes can infect an infant with neonatal herpes during pregnancy. Medication can reduce the risk of an outbreak which lessens the possibility to infect the infant. If herpes symptoms appear, a cesarean delivery must be done to prevent the infection to the infant.
Herpes simplex virus is contagious and from time to time causes small blisters. HSV-1 causes blisters and cold sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes blisters and sores in the genital area. HSV is a recurring infection which means that after the first outbreak clears up a second outbreak might happen in the near future. Over time the number and severity of outbreaks tend to become milder.
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Open the pouch with the cassette and put the cassette on a horizontal level. Use the pipette to draw two or three drops specimen into the sample well of the cassette. Read results after 10 to 15 minutes but do not read the results after 20 minutes.
- Do not touch test areas of reagent strips and exceed the Max line;
- Do not use after expiry date;
- Store only in original bottle;
- The sample should not be more than 4 hours old at the time of testing;
- Store only in original bottle.