Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae Assay

Description: 
The APTIMA® Combo 2 CT/GC assay is a transcription mediated amplification nucleic acid probe test that utilises target capture for the in vitro qualitative detection & differentiation of ribosomal RNA for CT & GC. This assay is performed on the Hologic Gen-Probe Panther analyser.
Clinical details: 
To aid in the diagnosis of chlamydial & gonococcal uro-gential infections. Sexually transmitted infections (STI).
Synonyms or keywords: 
Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Sample type and Volume required: 
Please use only the APTIMA specimen collection tubes in the table below. Please follow the manufacturer’s specimen collection instructions.
White tube: Endocervical swab or male urethral swab
Orange tube: Vaginal swab
Yellow: Unisex urine sample

Please note: Extra-genital swabs such as throat and rectum are not validated for this assay. If orange swabs are sent they will be tested but the technology is not validated for these sites. An additional blue topped swab for N.gonorrhoeae culture & susceptibility testing is recommended prior to treatment.
Turnaround time: 
5 Days.
Special sample instructions: 

Please follow the manufacturer’s specimen collection instructions as the specimen collection technique can affect the performance of the assay.

Storage and transport: 
Samples can be kept at room temperature for up to 30 days.
Contacts:
Infection Sciences Department at Bedford Hospital
01234 795913
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 9DJ
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015