|Investigations||Chlamydia trachomatis (CT)
There are 15 serovars of C. trachomatis and these are associated with infections of the eye, neonatal pneumonia, and sexually transmitted infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease, epididymitis, and proctitis.
|Inform lab before sending||No||Specimen type||First void urine: Collected using the Aptima Urine Collection Kit or in a suitable sterile container.
Swabs: Collected using the Aptima Swab Collection Kits.
First void urine is the recommended specimen type for males.
Vulvovaginal swab is the recommended specimen type for females.
|Ideal time to take specimen|| ||Labelling requirements||click here||How to take the specimen|| ||Transport to the laboratory||If transport is delayed then store at +4°C||Test Times||Daily||Turnround||5 working days||Additional information||Note this is a dual target assay and all samples will be tested for C. trachomatis AND N. gonorrhoeae, unless specified by the requestor.|
A secondary test to confirm positive results is no longer routinely performed. Please contact the laboratory if this is required.
Bacterial Transport Media (blue swabs), cannot be processed by molecular diagnostic methods.
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