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Sexually Transmitted Infections - guide to swabs - DRAFT

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The following page gives guidance on which swabs to use when testing for sexually transmitted infections.

Please also see the following pages for information about specific infections:

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Remedy BNSSG ICB)

Gonorrhoea (Remedy BNSSG ICB)



Swab guide

Scenario Samples required Requests Symptomatic, high risk of STI (pregnant/non-pregnant) Aptima® NAAT multi-test swab N.gonorrhoeae NAAT C.trachomatis NAAT T.vaginalis NAAT High vaginal liquid swab Routine culture Symptomatic, pregnant, low risk of STI Aptima® NAAT multi-test swab High vaginal liquid swab T.vaginalis NAAT Routine culture Symptomatic, non-pregnant, low risk of STI High vaginal liquid swab Routine culture Concerns about TV (e.g., ongoing symptoms with negative routine culture) Aptima® NAAT multi-test swab T.vaginalis NAA

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Information provided through Remedy is continually updated so please be aware any printed copies may quickly become out of date.