SureSwab®, Bacterial Vaginosis DNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR - Unisex Collection

Supply #180030 APTIMA Unisex Collection

Test Code: 16898

CPT Code(s): 87512,87799, 87799 (x3)

Includes: Lactobacillus spp., Atopobium vaginae, Megasphaera spp. and Gardnerella vaginalis

Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Reference Range(s): See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance: Concentrations of Lactobacilli are collectively reported under the term "Lactobacillusspp.", as these species are among the peroxide producing Lactobacilli thought to be protective against bacterial vaginosis. In the absence of peroxide producing Lactobacilli, Atopobium vaginae, Megasphaera spp., and Gardnerella (>6.0 log (cells/ mL)) have been associated with vaginosis.

Alternative Name(s): BV, Megasphaera, Atopobium vaginae, Gardnerella

Preferred Specimen Collection:
Aptima Vaginal Swab
Aptima Unisex Swab

Collection Guide: 

Supply: 180030 APTIMA Unisex Collection

Additional Tests with Aptima Vaginal Swab as Preferred Specimen:
11363, CT/NG
16898, Sureswab®, Bacterial Vaginosis DNA, Quantiative, Real-Time PCR
16494, Sureswab, Candidiasis, PCR
19550(X), SureSwab Trichomonas vaginalis

Unisex Female 1

Use cleaning swab (white shaft swab with red printing) to remove excess mucus from cervical os and surrounding mucosa. Discard this swab.*

Unisex Female 2
Insert collection swab (blue shaft swab with green printing) into endocervical canal. Gently rotate swab clockwise for 10 to 30 seconds to ensure adequate sampling. Withdraw swab carefully; avoid any contact with vaginal mucosa.

Unisex Female 3
While holding swab in hand, unscrew the tube cap. Do not spill tube contents. If the tube contents are spilled, discard and get a new APTIMA Unisex swab transport tube. Immediately place swab into transport tube so that the tip of the swab is visible below tube label. Carefully break swabs shaft at the score line against the side of the tube. Discard top portion of swab shaft.

Unisex Female 4
Re-cap swab specimen transport tube tightly.

Collection for Male Urtheral Swab Specimen:
Patient should not have urinated within an hour prior to specimen collection.

Unisex Male 1
Discard cleaning swab (white shaft with red print on label). The cleaning swab if NOT needed for male specimen collection. Insert specimen collection swab (blue shaft swab in package with green printing) 2 cm to 4 cm into urethra. Gently rotate swab clockwise for 2 to 3 seconds in urethra to ensure adequate sampling. Withdraw swab carefully.

Unisex Male 2
While holding swab in hand, unscrew the tube cap. Do not spill tube contents. If the tube contents are spilled, discard and get a new APTIMA Unisex swab transport tube. Immediately place swab into transport tube so that the tip of the swab is visible below tube label. Carefully break swabs shaft at the score line against the side of the tube. Discard top portion of swab shaft.

Unisex Male 3

Re-cap swab specimen transport tube tightly.

Transport container: Aptima transport tube

Transport temperature: Room temperature

Specimen stability:

  • Room temperature: 7 days
  • Refrigerated: 7 days
  • Frozen: 30 days

Reject criteria:

  • Samples from leaking, uncapped or broken container
  • Non APTIMA vaginal swab collection kit

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed.