Specimen Requirements


Culture, Genital

Specimen Requirement

Yellow top aerobic culturette, identify source. Keep swab moist with transport media by re-inserting completely into tube. Do not refrigerate. Bacterial pathogens normally sought in routine culture include Neisseria gonorrhoeae(GC), yeast, Streptococcus agalactiae (GROUP B), Gardernella vaginalis, and Staphylococcus aureus. Note: Routine genital culture is not for the diagnosis of herpes or chlamydiae.


Conventional culture technique.


Room Temp: 72 hours

Reference Range

By Report.


3-5 days.

Clinical Use

The culture isolates and identifies significant pathogens responsible for genital related infections.

Test Code

MISCU (If Penile), VAGC (If Vaginal)