Laboratory Services

Trichomonas vaginalis

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Trichomonas vaginalis

TV, Aptima, Incyte swab, vaginal pathogens

Test ID


Specimen Type

Vaginal / lateral vaginal wall, endocervical collection

Specimen Requirements

Use Incyte swab, or the Aptima unisex collection kit, Multitest Swab, or Urine Collection Kit.

ThinPrep and SurePath collection is also acceptable, but the CT order must be in place before Pap processing begins.

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Required Information

Complete the Incyte Diagnostics requisition with the patient's demographics and relevant clinical history. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, second unique identifier, and specimen source/site.


The Aptima collection vials are stable at ambient temperature for 60 days after collection. The Incyte swab is stable for 21 days after collection.

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Improper or inadequate patient identification, specimen in expired or incorrect collection vials. In a urine collection, the liquid level must fall between the two black indicator lines on the tube label or the specimen will be rejected. Vials with no swab, swabs that are not part of the collection, and specimens received in incorrect fixative (such as formalin). Orders off ThinPrep and SurePath specimens must arrive prior to testing.

Department (code)

Molecular Pathology


APTIMA TV nucleic acid amplification (NAA) test

Estimated TAT

12 business days from receipt

Testing Schedule



Specimen is retained for 21 days from initial testing

CPT Code(s)