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Cervical swab

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology


Cervical swab


Turnaround Time:

2-5 days

Culture and microscopy for common pathogens

Other Comments:

Collection container: Amies swab with charcoal

Special instructions - Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment should be provided.

Cervical and high vaginal swabs should be taken with the aid of a speculum. It is important to avoid vulval contamination of the swab. After introduction of the speculum to the vagina, the swab should be rotated inside the endocervix. The swab should then be placed in Amies transport medium with charcoal.

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, store at ambient temperature, do not refrigerate