Part 4: GC and Chlamydia



1) Visualization of the Cervix:

2) Collecting the Specimen:

Collect the cells:

Transfer the cells to ThinPrep vial:

Assembling specimen w/ documentation:

Transport specimen in bag with requisition order:


Turn right immediately to enter the accessioning room


Walk to the back of the room and look for the blue Atran drop box that is labeled “Cytology”.


GONORRHEA/CHLAMYDIA Testing (Endocervical Swab)

Use pink tube. May be found in GYN cart or labs room.

1) Insert swab into endocervical canal until bristles just disappear.

2) Rotate slowly for 20-30 seconds.

3) Remove swab and place into collection tube. Break off excess swab leaving brush in collection tube and replace lid.


We can now use APTIMA tubes for this. The test comes with a tube and +/- a dropper. If there is no dropper, you can find them in the Labs room.

1) Have the pt void into a sterile urine cup.

2) Firmly tap the bottom of the tube on a flat surface to dislodge any large drops from inside the cap.

3) Transfer the urine into the Aptima tube with the provided dropper, being careful not to touch the walls of the sterile cup.

4) Fill the tube until the urine level is within the label window (see laminated sheets on wall of lab room for pictures of what this looks like).

5) Add the label once it prints out. Drop off with rest of blood samples to 8th Floor Labs in East Building.