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Test Code LABVAGPR Vaginitis Panel (Candida Species, Gardnerella Vaginalis, and Trichomonas Vaginalis), DNA Probe

Important Note

Assay Limitations: The performance of this test on patient specimens collected during or immediately after antimicrobial therapy is unknown. The presence or absence of Candida species, G. vaginalis, or T. vaginalis cannot be used as a test for therapeutic success or failure.

Biohazard Infectious

Additional Codes

Test Name in EPIC EPIC Test Code Mnemonic



Nucleic Acid Hybridization

Specimen Requirements

Note: Separate swabs should be used for other tests, e.g. culture or microscopic slide samples.


Specimen must be received within 72 hours of collection.


Specimen Type: Vaginal Fluid 

Container/Tube: Affirm Temperature Transport System Collection Tube

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1.  Label tube with patient’s name (first and last), date and actual time of collection, and source/type of specimen.

2. Place the patient in position for a pelvic examination and insert a speculum into the vagina to permit visualization of the posterior vaginal fornix.

3. Using the sterile swab, obtain a sample from the posterior vaginal fornix. Twist or roll the swab against the vaginal walls 2 or 3 times, ensuring the entire circumference of the swab has touched the vaginal wall. Swab the lateral vaginal wall while removing the swab.

4. Immediately place the swab into the Sample Collection Tube (SCT).

5. With the swab touching the BOTTOM of the collection tube, grasp the pre-scored handle of the swab just above the top of the tube and bend until the swab breaks. When the swab is fully inserted into the collection tube, the score mark on the swab is approximately 1 cm above the top of the collection tube. Discard the broken handle into an infectious waste container.

6. Place the cap over the exposed end of the swab and firmly press the cap onto the tube. The cap will "snap" onto the tube when it is properly seated. 



Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient 72 hours/Refrigerate 72 hours OK/Frozen NO

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Reference Values



A negative result does not exclude the possibility of vaginitis/vaginosis.

Test Classification and CPT Coding




Performing Laboratory

Fargo 32nd Ave Hospital

SMDC Clinical Laboratory-Microbiology

Turnaround Time

On-site Collection: 90 minutes

Off-site Collection: 24 hours