Detection and typing of herpes simplex DNA in genital swabs by real-time polymerase chain reaction.


The LightCycler polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a sensitive assay for the detection of Herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA in muco-cutaneous swabs. Software-based analysis of the probe melting temperature (Tm) can be used to discriminate between HSV types (HSV-1 and HSV-2). Among 76 HSV DNA positive genital swabs, atypical Tms were observed in 14 (18%). The… (More)


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