How is herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection diagnosed?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The approach to the patient presenting with cutaneous features of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection can sometimes be difficult, and laboratory testing can aid in the diagnosis. Additionally, age, immune status, and pregnancy should be considered in all patients presenting with features of HSV infection.

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