Seromolecular services unit (SSU): reference and diagnostic services

SSU provides laboratory reference and surveillance services for HIV-1 and HIV-2, HSV, HTLV, HHV-8 and hepatitis viruses.

SSU is part of Public Health England’s virus reference department (VRD). It is part of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Laboratory and Diagnosis Support.

Services available

SSU provides reference work relating to:

  • HIV-1 and HIV-2
  • hepatitis viruses A,B,C,D and E
  • herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 (HSV 1 and 2)
  • human T-lymphotropic viruses (HTLV-I and HTLV-II)
  • human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)

SSU guidance and forms

VRD user manual

Hepatitis viruses investigation referral form: S1

HIV reference test referral form: S3

Herpes simplex virus and HHV-8 referral form: S4

HTLV reference test referral form: S5

Contact SSU

Seromolecular services unit (SSU)

Public Health England
61 Colindale Avenue