Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Herpes virus direct antigen test Test in Kenya

Brief Description

The test is used to detect present of Herpes virus antigens in blood for the management of  sexually transmitted diseases.


HVS antigen

Patient Preparation

No special preparation needed

Sample Type


Sample volume

1.5 mL

Sample collection Container

Red-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," or serum transfer tube

Sample collection instructions

Serum should be separated immediately after sample collection.

Sample storage

stable at room temperature for 2 days","refrigerated for 7 days /frozen for 98 days

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1-3 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Posive result is associated with encephalitis or meningitis"," fever"," Stiff neck"," Confusion"," Severe headache"," Sensitivity to light