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Specimen Collection Manual: Cervical Specimens



  • Dacron or Rayon swab.
  • ESwab Collection System.
  • UTM or UVT transport medium.

Specimen Collection Criteria

  • Use a vaginal speculum to facilitate visualization of the cervix and to prevent the swabs from touching the sides of the vagina.
  • Using a large sterile dacron or rayon swab, carefully remove the mucus from the endocervix. This swab should be discarded. Cervical exudates and mucus are not appropriate specimens.
  • Using the ESwab, carefully rub the endocervical zone of the cervix, rolling the swab approximately 10 seconds to assure that the swab contains cervical epithelial cells.
  • Carefully remove the swab to prevent contamination with vaginal flora.
  • Place the swab into an appropriate transport medium and send to the specimen to the Laboratory.
    • For the culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the ESwab Collection System must be used.
    • For culture of Chlamydia trachomatis or for amplified (PCR) testing of N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis, the swab must be placed in UTM or UVT transport medium.

Rejection Criteria

  • Do not use expired media. Check expiration date on all media prior to use.

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