Viral Infections

  • Author: Jin S. Suh, MD, FACP (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 7/26/16 (What's New)


  • Diagnosis of HSV infection may include cytologic preparations (eg, the Tzanck test, for multinucleated giant cells), fluorescein-conjugated monoclonal antibodies applied to scrapings from lesions, cell culture, antigen detection, and PCR assays for HSV deoxyribonucleic acid
  • Routine serologic screening for HSV-2 may be considered as a part of HIV management (Management Guidelines)[CDC OI]

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