About Herpes simplex Virus (HSV)

Herpes Simplex Virus (human herpesvirus HHV1/2) (always intercellular), double-stranded DNA virus, one of the herpes viruses.

Available Tests for HSV 1/2


HSV 1/2 EliSpot
(2x ACD/CPDA tube)

IFA, ELISA, Immunoblot

Herpes simplex 1 and Herpes simplex 2 antibodies
(1x Serum/SST tube)


Herpes simplex Virus 1 = Human Herpes Virus 1 (HHV-1)
Herpes simplex Virus 2 = Human Herpes Virus 2 (HHV-2) (intracellular).

Vector / Transmission:

HSV 1 by an infected skin-area (respiratory tract, eyes or mouth), HSV 2 by sexual contact or during childbirth for infants


Watery blisters on the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, lips, genitals, anus, flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, problems urinating, herpes keratitis (pain, light sensitivity, discharge: sexual tract/mouth area).


Multiple Sclerosis (neurovirulent), Alzheimer´s disease (HSV1), loss of vision, encephalitis (aphasia), latent infection; reactivation by organ transplantation or HIV: encephalitis, pneumonitis, bone marrow suppression.

Risk factors:

immune suppression (children, elder people)