Sample type and Volume required:
An aliquot (minimum volume 500µL) of liquid from a C. trachomatis positive Aptima tube containing vaginal, cervical, urethral, rectal or throat swabs, or urine. A "3in1" sample (throat and rectal swabs combined with urine) can also be tested. Only specimens that are known to be positive for C. trachomatis are accepted for testing. All samples must be collected using the appropriate Aptima collection kit containing either swab(s) or urine. Note: If using Electronic Patient Record (EPR) please order "Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) DNA".
Special sample instructions:
To collect "3in1" samples, place both rectal and throat swabs into a yellow Aptima urine tube and express the swabs into the liquid. Remove and discard BOTH swabs. Next, add the urine into the same yellow Aptima urine tube, filling to BETWEEN the black lines.
Storage and transport:
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples do not require refrigeration.