Imperial Collage Healthcare

Sexual health (GUM) screen

Test Background
Tests available from GUM clinics

Clinical Indications

  • Isolation, identification and anti-microbial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorroheae
  • Isolation of yeasts (speciation and anti-fungal susceptibility testing if clinically indicated)
  • Isolation of Trichomonas vaginalis

Sample Required
• Genital swabs (urethral, cervical, vulvo-vaginal)
• Extra-genital swabs (rectal and throat)
• Sup-prepuce swabs are occasionally submitted for candidiasis/balanitis in men

Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection.
Pre-inoculated culture media for the microorganisms above are inoculated at sexual health clinics and incubated at 35-37°C at 5 % CO2.

Turnaround Time
3 days

Samples may be referred to the Sexually Transmitted Bacteria Reference Laboratory, Public Health England, for further investigation.

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