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Sexual health (GUM) screen

Category Microbiology
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Tests available from GUM clinics

Clinical Indications

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