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Genital specimens

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology


High vaginal swab, vulval swab, labial swab, cervical swab, endocervical swab, penile swab, urethral swab

NB use blue topped thin wire charcoal swab for male urethral swabs


Turnaround Time:

3-5 days

Culture and microscopy for common pathogens

Other Comments:

Collection container: Amies swab with charcoal. Collect swabs into appropriate transport medium and transport in sealed plastic bags.

Special instructions: Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment must be provided:

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, store at ambient temperature, do not refrigerate