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Updated Test Information:
Vaginal / lateral vaginal wall
Incyte swab (preferred collection device), SurePath or ThinPrep vial, UniSwab acceptable
|Specimen Collection / Processing Instructions||
Aseptically remove sterile swab from package. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing the lateral vaginal wall. Aseptically remove cap from vial. Place swab in transport medium and break off swab against rim of the tube. Replace cap. Close tightly. Write patient name and 2nd identifier on vial.
Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.
Specimen is stable at room temperature for up to 21 days. Additional testing can be added for up to 21 days after initial testing is performed.
|Unacceptable Specimen Conditions||
Unlabeled specimens, specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin), expired vial. Excess lubricant can invalidate the specimen.
Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
1–2 days from receipt; SurePath specimens are 3–4 days from receipt
Specimen is retained for 21 days from initial testing
Additional testing can be performed on Incyte swab specimens up to 21 days after submission