Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)


Specimen Information


Variable specimen types

Specimen Preparation

Specimen source required. Collect endocervical, vaginal or male urethral swab and place in Aptima Combo II or Aptima Multitest transport media. First void urine in Aptima urine transport tube. Liquid level must fall between the two black indicator lines. Dedicated specimens are required.

Aptima Combo II Urine transport media is currently unavailable.

Alternate Specimen

First void urine in sterile IATA-approved screw capped container. Dedicated specimens are required.

Minimum Volume

Determined by specimen type

Transport Temperature

Varies by specimen type, see stability

Rejection Criteria

The following specimen will not be tested:
Specimens submitted with the white cleaning swab or with two swabs.
Aptima Transport tubes without swabs.
Swabs in gel, wooden swabs, dry swabs, Culturettes.
Viral transport medium, BD transports, Universal Transport media, or other transport systems not listed above.
Urine specimens where the liquid level in the urine transport tube does not fall between the two black indicator lines.
Urine specimens in sterile containers that have exceeded the 24 hour stability.
SurePath, Qiagen/Digene cervical samplers, and other liquid cytology specimens not mentioned above.
Specimens collected in Universal Transport Medium (UTM).


Swab in APTIMA transport tube or Urine in APTIMA urine transport tube:
Room temperature: 30 days
Refrigerated; 30 days
Frozen (-20°C) 12 months
Urine in sterile container. Transfer urine to an IATA-approved screw-capped container.
Room temperature: 24 hours
Refrigerated: 24 hours
Frozen: Not recommended


Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) nucleic acid amplification. The analytical sensitivity of this test is 0.1 organisms/mL in urine, PreservCyt liquid, and APTIMA swab transport media.

Reference Range

Not detected

Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory