MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (November 15, 2016) – Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) announced today that it has obtained a CE Mark for the Company’s Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) assay, enabling the test to be marketed in the European Union. The Aptima® HSV 1 & 2 assay is a nucleic acid amplification test for the qualitative detection of HSV RNA in clinician-collected swab specimens from skin lesions.
The assay can be used to aid in the diagnosis of HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 infections in symptomatic male and female patients. The assay distinguishes between HSV 1 and 2, which is recommended in all patients with first-episode genital herpes.1 Patients with HSV-2 are at increased risk for contracting and transmitting HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus).2
“Nucleic acid testing is the gold standard for detection of infectious agents,” said Joao Malagueira, VP Sales Diagnostics, International. “Providing physicians with accurate diagnoses -- specifically distinguishing between HSV 1 and 2 -- is critical to choosing effective treatment regimens and advising patients of their additional risks.”
The Aptima HSV 1 & 2 assay runs on Hologic’s Panther® system, a market-leading, integrated platform that fully automates all aspects of molecular testing, from sample to result. The system substantially reduces hands-on time for laboratories by providing random and continuous access with rapid turnaround time. Lesion samples can be collected using either the Aptima Multitest Swab Collection Kit or a commercially available Viral Transport Medium collection kit.
The Aptima HSV 1 & 2 assay joins a growing list of CE-Marked assays available on the Panther system, which includes a virology menu (HIV-1, Hepatitis C Virus, Hepatitis B Virus) and tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (chlamydia/gonorrhea, Trichomonas and M. genitalium).
“Labs increasingly are looking to consolidate testing onto a single platform, and by expanding the number of tests available on Panther, we are helping these customers become more efficient,” said Malagueira.
To learn more about the Aptima HSV 1 & 2 assay, please visit http://www.hologic.com/products/clinical-diagnostics-and-blood-screening/assays-and-tests/aptima-hsv-1-2-assay.
The HSV assay is not intended for use with cerebrospinal fluid or for prenatal screening. The Aptima HSV 1 & 2, HIV-1, HBV, HCV, and M. genitalium assays are not currently available for sale in the United States.
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1Patel R, et al. 2010 European Guideline for the Management of Genital Herpes. IUSTI/WHO European STD Guidelines Editorial Board. http://www.
iusti.org/regions/europe/pdf/2010/Euro_Guideline_2010_herpes.pdf. Published 2010. Accessed August 30, 2016.
2Freeman EE, et al. Herpes simplex virus 2 infection increases HIV acquisition in men and women: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. AIDS. 2006;20(1):73-83.
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