Chlamydia trachomatis Culture Kit - Male (6 Pack) order#: 390084

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This supply pack is sufficient for six Chlamydia trachomatis cultures containing six vials of universal transport media with large swabs and six General Test Requisition Forms.


  1. Open the pouched seal pack and aseptically remove the sterile urethral swab from the package.
  2. Collect the specimen from the site involved (see below for specific instructions) as soon as possible following the onset of symptoms.
  3. Aseptically remove cap from vial and insert swab in medium.
  4. Break swab shaft evenly at the scored line and replace cap to vial closing tightly.
  5. Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay. 
  6. Complete all fields of the requisition: include the patient’s full name, date of birth, Health Card Number (must match the specimen label), enter ‘Chlamydia trachomatis Culture’ under test description, source of specimen, date of onset, date of collection, physician name and address, and clinical diagnosis. 
  7. Place specimen in the biohazard bag and seal bag.
  8. Insert the completed requisition in the pocket on the outside of the sealed biohazard bag. 
  9. To maintain optimum viability, the specimen should be stored and transported at 2 - 8°C or on wet ice to the laboratory for processing within 48 hours of collection..
  10. For further information about Chlamydia trachomatis culture specimen collection, refer to the Test Directory Index.

Collect the specimen from the site involved as early as possible following the onset of symptoms.

Suitable specimens for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis include;

 Specimen Site 
  • Patient should not have urinated within one hour of collection.
  • Insert the sterile fine tipped wire swab 2-4cm into the male urethra or 1 cm into the female   urethra, hold in place for 5 seconds.
  • Rotate the swab several times to obtain columnar epithelial cells.
 Nasopharyngeal and Throat
  • Insert the sterile fine tipped wire swab gently into one or both anterior nares to the posterior pharynx, rotate to collect mucous membrane cells
  • Swab posterior pharynx vigorously with regular swab
  • Gently swab the lower conjunctiva with the fine tipped wire swab collecting patient mucous membrane cells
  • Collect cells from mucosal surface by inserting the regular swab 1cm past the anal sphincter, rotate in firm contact with the mucosal surface

Storage of unused kits:

The kits can be stored at 2-25°C with stated expiry date - DO NOT USE EXPIRED KITS.

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Updated 19 June 2019