SureSwab® Advanced Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), TMA

Supply #A03 APTIMA Vaginal Collection

Test Code: 10016

CPT Code(s): 81513

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

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

Acceptable Specimen Collection:
Aptima Vaginal Swab, Aptima Endocerivcal Swab

Collection Guide: 

Supply: 180028 Aptima Vaginal Collection

Test Code:
11363, CT/NG
19550(X), SureSwab Trichomonas vaginalis
10121(X), SureSwab Adsvanced Candida Vaginitis (CV), TMA
10016(X), SureSwab Advanced Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), TMA
10120(X), SureSwab Advanced Vaginitis Plus (TMA

Aptima Vag1
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.

Aptima Vag2
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.

Aptima Vag3
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.

Aptima Vag4
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.

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.