Genital sampling (Bacteriology)

Never put a bacteriology smear in the refrigerator, leave it at room temperature (+/- 20°C).  Bring it to the laboratory as fast as possible (within 24 hours maximum).

The classic culture and the direct test are performed using a classic swab. This swab is also used for some specific tests.

Specific tests will be performed only if they have been prescribed by the doctor. This is an NIHDI requirement, as those tests are only reimbursed if they have been specifically prescribed:

  • Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma;
  • Trichomonas vaginalis;
  • Herpes simplex (PCR);
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis (PCR);
  • Gonococcus (PCR).

Gonococcus is also tested in the classical culture, but in case of clinical suspicion and since this bacterium is particularly fragile, it is recommended to combine it with a PCR test.

Testing for chlamydia trachomatis and/or gonococcus by electronic PCR can be done either on a urethral or cervical swab or by analysing the urine. If the patient has not previously urinated, collect the first urine in the morning or the urine of a patient who has not urinated for at least two hours.

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