herpes simplex test
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herpes simplex (HSV) test
a blood test or microscopic culture done to detect types 1 and 2 of the herpes simplex virus. HSV1 is primarily responsible for the oral lesions known as "cold sores" whereas HSV2 is a sexually transmitted viral infection of the urogenital tract, although crossover of the two types can occur. Culture is the more accurate of the two types of tests.
her·pes sim·plex test(hĕr'pēz sim'pleks test)
Clinical or laboratory hematologic or microscopic assessment of the presence of herpes simplex virus.