Sexual health (GUM) screen
Tests available from GUM clinics
Isolation, identification and anti-microbial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorroheae Isolation of yeasts (speciation and anti-fungal susceptibility testing if clinically indicated) Isolation of Trichomonas vaginalis
|Sample & container required||Genital swabs (urethral, cervical, vulvo-vaginal);
Extra-genital swabs (rectal and throat);
Sup-prepuce swabs are occasionally submitted for candidiasis/balanitis in men.
|Transport storage||Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection. Pre-inoculated culture media for the microorganisms above are inoculated at sexual health clinics and incubated at 35-37°C at 5 % CO2.|
|Turnaround time||3 days|
Samples may be referred to the Sexually Transmitted Bacteria Reference Laboratory, Public Health England, for further investigation.
Please note that the laboratory is not accredited for Isolation of Trichomonas vaginalis