GC (Gonococcus) Amplified DNA Probe GCAT
|Method(s)||Amplified DNA Probe|
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.
Refrigerated (2-8ºC) or Ambient (20-25ºC)
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.
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:
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|
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.
|Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)|
Negative for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Amplified DNA Probe.