SureSwab®, Bacterial Vaginosis DNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR - Vaginal CollectionMain Content
Test Code: 16898
Lactobacillus spp., Atopobium vaginae, Megasphaera spp. and Gardnerella vaginalis
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
See Laboratory Report
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.
Acceptable Specimen Collection:
Aptima Vaginal Swab, Aptima Endocerivcal Swab
Supply: A03 - Aptima Vaginal Collection
19550(X), SureSwab Trichomonas vaginalis
16494(X), SureSwab Candidiasis
16898(X), SureSwab BV
17333(X), SureSwab Vaginosis/Vaginitis Panel
Partially open swab package. Do not touch the soft tip or lay swab down. If the soft tip is touched, laid down, or dropped, discard and get a new Aptima Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit. Hold swab, placing thumb and forefinger in the middle of the swab shaft. Do not hold the swab shaft below the score line.
Carefully insert swab into vagina about 2 inches (5 cm) past the introitus and gently rotate the swab for 10 to 30 seconds. Make sure the swab touches the vagina walls so that moisture is absorbed by the swab and withdraw swab without touching the skin.
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 Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit. Immediately place swab into transport tube so that the tip of the swab is visible below tube label. Carefully break swab shaft at the score line against the side of the tube.
Tightly screw cap onto tube.
Specimen Transport and Storage:
- Vaginal swab specimens must be transported to the laboratory in the provided swab specimen transport medium and tube.
- Vaginal swab specimens must be transported to the laboratory at 2ºC to 30ºC and tested within 60 days of collection.
- If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20˚C to -70˚C for up to 12 months after collection.
For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.