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Test Compendium

Test Name


Test Code

  • 4061

Specimen Type

  • Viral

Primary Container

  • Viral Transport Medium, M-4

Transport Temp

  • Ambient Or Refrigerated


  • 7 days

Specimen Requirements

  • Swab in viral transport medium (also acceptable UTM, Chlamydia or Mycoplasma)

Specimen Retention

  • Swab in a Viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport medium URETHRA: Patient should not urinate within one hour prior to specimen collection. The swab should be inserted 2 cm into the urethra. Use firm pressure to scrape cells from the mucosal surface. If possible repeat with second swab. CERVIX: Remove mucus/pus with a swab, discard, and use firm and rotating pressure to obtain specimen with another swab. May be combined with a urethral swab into same transport medium. This combination of cervical and urethral method is highly recommended. RECTUM: Sample anal crypts with a swab. Avoid contamination with fecal material. CONJUNCTIVA: Remove mucus and exudate. Use a swab and firm pressure to scrape away epithelial cells from upper and lower lids. POSTERIOR NASOPHARYNX or THROAT: Collect epithelial cells by using a swab. Transport and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours after specimen is placed into UTM-RT medium, or refrigerate