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Chlamydia trachomatis, TMA (Alternate Target), Rectal

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics Chantilly (TSO)

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

1 Day

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Rectal swab in 2 mL APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit (white label) or Rectal swab in 2 mL APTIMA Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit (orange label)

Container Type

APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit

Collection Instructions

Insert the small, blue shafted collection swab (unisex kit, not the larger white-shafted cleansing swab) or the small, pink-shafted swab (vaginal kit) approximately 3-5 cm into the rectum. Rotate swab against the rectal wall at least 3 times. Withdraw the swab carefully. Swabs that are grossly contaminated with feces should be discarded and the collection repeated. Remove the cap from the swab specimen transport tube and immediately place the swab into the transport tube. Carefully break the swab shaft at the score line, Re-cap the swab specimen transport tube tightly.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 30 Days; Refrigerated: 30 Days; Frozen: 30 Days

Rejection Criteria

Transport tubes with 2 swabs; Transport tubes with non-APTIMA swabs; Non-APTIMA Vaginal Colleciton or Multi-Test Collection kit; Transport tubes with no swab; Specimens in broken containers; Swabs submitted in VCM/UTM or M4 viral transport

Processing Instructions

Requires TSO form.


Quest Chantilly test code: 91046. Requires TSO form.

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