NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Hologic said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has given it 510(k) clearance to market the Aptima Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 molecular assay on its fully automated Panther system.

The assay, a nucleic acid amplification test used in conjunction with swab specimens from anogenital skin lesions, can be used to qualitatively detect and differentiate between HSV-1 and HSV-2. Clinicians collect samples using a new Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit or commercially available viral transport media.

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