GC (Gonococcus) Amplified DNA Probe GCAT

Method(s) Amplified DNA Probe
Specimen Required
Collect

1. Aptima Unisex Collector: use for endocervical, urethral, or eye specimens. Note: eye specimens will be sent to a reference lab. Refer to specimen collection instructions in links below. Note: throat or rectal specimens collected in the Aptima Unisex Collector will be sent to a reference lab as it is not FDA approved for testing those specimen types.

2. Aptima Multitest Collector: use for vaginal, throat, or rectal specimens. Refer to specimen collection instructions in links below.

3. Urine Specimens: A first void specimen of 20-50ml, not midstream should be collected in a sterile container. No cleansing wipes should be used. For best stability and to reduce issues of leaking, the urine can be transferred into a Xpert Urine Specimen Collection kit. Refer to specimen collection instructions in links below.

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8ºC) or Ambient (20-25ºC)

Remarks

1. The performance of the CT, NG, and TV molecular assays have not been evaluated in patients less than 14 years of age.

2. Only a first void urine specimen should be submitted.

3. Aptima Unisex Collection Kit: The swab with the white shaft is for removing mucus from the cervical area only and the swab with the blue shaft is for specimen collection and testing. A collector tube with the white shaft will be rejected.

4. Always use the swab(s) that come with the kit. A collector tube with other swabs will be rejected.

Stability

1. Aptima Collector: 2-30°C, 60 days; Frozen -20º to -70ºC, 12 months

2. Aptima Multitest Collector: 2-30°C, 60 days; Frozen -20 to -70ºC, 12 months

3. Urine specimen:
a) in sterile cup: 24 hours at ambient (20-25ºC); 8 days refrigerated (2-8ºC)
b) Xpert Urine Specimen Collection Kit: 3 days ambient (20-25ºC); 45 days refrigerated (2-8ºC)

Unacceptable Conditions

1. Collectors other than the ones noted above or with swabs other than specified with the collection kits.

2. Aptima collectors submitted with the swab with the white shaft.

Schedule Mon, Wed, Fri
Billing Code 3010318
CPTCode 87591
Notes

A GC culture must be performed on specimens for rape and abuse cases or specimens other than cervical, urethral, or urine.

1. Urine specimen must be a first void, not midstream, and wipes should NOT be used. Urine must be received by the laboratory within 24 hours of collection.
2. Hologic Aptima Collection Kit: The swab with the white shaft is for removing mucus from the cervical area and the swab with the blue shaft is for specimen collection.

Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

Negative for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Amplified DNA Probe.

No Appointment Necessary
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