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Our Trichomoniasis Testing Options

  • Trichomoniasis Test

    Our Trichomoniasis test is accurate after 72 hours from the encounter

    Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection that can be tested for by urine sample. The amount of documented cases of Trichomoniasis infections have been on the rise for the last several years – due to advances in testing. Trichomoniasis is a curable infection with antibiotic treatment. Contact one of our counselors to discuss your testing options.

    Results times: 24-72 hours from collection

    Here is the Technical Aspects of the Trichomoniasis Test:


    Vaginal, endocervical, or male urethral swab, first-void urine (patient should not have urinated for one hour prior to specimen collection), or cervical cells in liquid cytology vial.


    2 mL of a 20 mL to 30 mL urine collection

    Minimum Volume:

    2 mL of a 20 mL to 30 mL urine collection


    APTIMA® urine specimen transport


    Urine specimen: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Direct patient to provide a first-catch urine (approximately 20 mL to 30 mL of the initial urine stream) into a urine collection cup without any preservatives. Collection of larger volumes of urine may result in specimen dilution that may reduce test sensitivity; lesser volumes may not adequately rinse organisms into the specimen. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen. Add urine to the APTIMA® COMBO 2 urine collection device. The final volume must be between the two black lines on the device (about 2 mL).

    Storage Instructions:

    Maintain specimen at room temperature or refrigerate (2°C to 30°C).

    Causes for Rejection:

    Specimen with incorrect patient identification; unlabeled specimen; inappropriate specimen transport conditions; specimens received after prolonged delay (usually >72 hours); specimen leaked in transit; specimen in expired transport or incorrect transport device; specimens with inappropriate source for test requested; specimen with fixative or additives; APTIMA® urine transport >30 days from collection; APTIMA® urine transport with incorrect specimen volume; <15 mL urine submitted in sterile container; receipt of urine in sterile container >24 hours from collection; APTIMA® swab transport >60 days from collection; APTIMA® swab specimens with incorrect specimen volume; APTIMA® swab specimen without a swab; cleaning swab (white-shaft swab) in APTIMA® swab transport; any non−Gen-Probe® swab submitted in APTIMA® transport device; wooden-shaft swab in transport device; transport device with multiple swabs; female urethral swab; bloody or grossly mucoid specimens; bacterial swabs; specimen in ProbeTec™ UPT transport; ProbeTec™ Q-swabs; UTM-RT


    Diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis infection


    Nucleic acid amplification (NAA)


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    van Der Schee C, van Belkum A, Zwijers L, et al, “Improved Diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis Infection by PCR Using Vaginal Swabs and Urine Specimen Compared to Diagnosis by Wet Mount Microscopy, Culture, and Fluorescent Staining,” J Clin Microbiol, 1999, 37(12):4127-30.PubMed 10565943



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