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#ExistCollect>Collect: Serum separator tube. Also acceptable: Serum from umbilical cord blood.
#ExistSPECIMENPREPARATION>Specimen Preparation: Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transport 1 mL serum. (Min: 0.5 mL) Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimens plainly as "acute" or "convalescent."
#ExistSPECTRANSPORT>Storage/Transport Temperature: Refrigerated.
#ExistConditions>Unacceptable Conditions: Urine. CSF (refer to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and/or 2 Antibodies, IgG, CSF, ARUP test code 0050394). Contaminated, heat-inactivated, or hemolyzed specimens.
#ExistStability>Stability (collection to initiation of testing): After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)