Trichomonas vaginalis by Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA)
Ordering Recommendation

Detect T. vaginalis in various specimens. Refer to "Specimen Collection and Handling" document at

Qualitative Transcription-Mediated Amplification
Mon, Wed, Fri
1-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Vaginal or endocervical swab in APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit (ARUP supply #28907) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect ™ or contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Also acceptable: Cervical brush in ThinPrep Pap test collection kit.
Refer to "Sample Collection for the Diagnosis of STD" under Specimen Handling at for specific specimen collection and transport instructions. 
Specimen Preparation
Swab: place blue swab in Swab Specimen Transport Tube, break shaft off at scoreline then recap tube.
ThinPrep: Vortex ThinPrep PreservCyt solution and transfer 1 mL to an APTIMA Specimen Transfer Tube (ARUP supply #42711) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connector contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Large white swab included in APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit is for preparatory cleaning of the endocervix and is unacceptable for testing. Specimens in any transport media other than indicated above. Specimen in swab transport media without a swab. Specimens from patients that are less than 14 years of age. 
Specimen source required. 
Swab: Ambient: 2 months; Refrigerated: 2 months; Frozen: 1 year
APTIMA Specimen Transfer Tube:
Ambient: 2 weeks; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: 1 year
ThinPrep: Ambient: 1 month; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data
A negative result does not completely rule out infection with T. vaginalis.

Results should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical data. This test has not been validated for use with self-collected vaginal swab specimens from patients. Performance of this test on vaginal swab specimens from pregnant women has not been evaluated.

This test is intended for medical purposes only and is not valid for the evaluation of suspected sexual abuse or for other forensic purposes.

Hotline History
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Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060755APTIMA Media Type74384-9
2005507Specimen Source31208-2
2005508T. vaginalis by TMA46154-1
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