Specimen Requirements



Specimen Requirement

Vaginal Swab: Follow instructions in the Aptima® Swab Specimen Collection kit or Multitest Collection kit.

Urine: Male urine collected in an Aptima® Urine Specimen Transport tube. Collect a first-catch urine in a urine cup (preservative free). Transfer 2.0 mL of urine to an Aptima® Urine Specimen Transport tube within 24 hours of collection and before being assayed. Fluid levels should be between the black lines on the tube label.

Male Urethral swab: Follow instructions in the Aptima® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit.


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)


Room temp: 14 days, Refrigerated: 14 days, Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

By Report


6-9 days, Performed: Monday-Saturday

Clinical Use

Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma Panel – Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma spp. have been associated with genital tract infection. M. genitalium has been implicated in cervicitis, endometritis, and PID. M. hominis has also been associated with cervicitis and is present in increased numbers in vaginosis. Ureaplasma spp. have been linked to upper genitourinary tract infection and to premature labor and abortion. Because of their nature, these organisms are not routinely cultured and are better detected by molecular methods.

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