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Chlamydia trachomatis PCR

Ordering information:

Specimens must reach the Pathology laboratory within 2 hours of collection

Note: if Mycoplasma genitalium PCR is also required an additional seperate dry swab must be collected.

Alternate names:
Chlamydia trachomatis NAD, CT/NG
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Endocervical swab
Vaginal swab
First stream urine
Container types:
Genital swab kit + sterile potGenital swab kit + sterile pot
Collection Instructions:


Minimum Adult Volume:
5 mL



15 - 20 mL of first-stream urine specimen collected at least one hour since the patient last voided. Refrigerate immediately

Cervical  & Vaginal swabs

Use plastic swab in plain tube without transport medium (wire swab not suitable)

ALL Specimens must reach the Pathology laboratory within 2 hours of collection.


Twice weekly
Result Turnaround Time:
1-3 days
Laboratory Use Only
Laboratory Notes:

20/08/2018 if a gel swab is received send sample to Microbiology (do not add a KIMMS) who will decide if testing can be performed.

From the 15/1/2018 Chlamydia trachomatis PCR will be performed in Microbiology at BHH on male and female first stream urines and female enodocervial/vaginal swabs.

Tests are performed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

If confirmatory testing required specimens will be sent to VIDRL .

Refer to WORK-MI-88 for instructions on how to transfer urines and swabs to collection tubes.