Ordering Recommendation

Detect T. vaginalis in various specimens. Refer to "Specimen Collection and Handling" document at https://ltd.aruplab.com/Tests/Pdf/429.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

MultiTest Swab or ThinPrep Collection: Patient must be 14 years of age or older.


Vaginal specimen collected with pink swab from Aptima MultiTest Swab Collection kit (ARUP supply #55224 PK/50 or #55229 PK/10) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Also acceptable: Cervical specimen collected with blue swab from Aptima Unisex Swab Specimen Collection kit (ARUP supply #28907 PK/50 or #54555 PK/10), first catch urine in sterile container or cervical brush in ThinPrep Pap test collection kit.
Refer to "Sample Collection for the Diagnosis of STD" under Specimen Handling at www.aruplab.com for specific specimen collection and transport instructions.

Specimen Preparation

Swab: Place swab in Swab Specimen Transport Tube, break shaft off at scoreline then recap tube.
Urine: Transfer 2 mL urine within 24 hours to Aptima Urine Specimen Transport Tube (ARUP supply #28908 PK/50 or #54556 PK/10). Liquid level must be between fill lines on tube.
ThinPrep: Vortex ThinPrep PreservCyt solution and transfer 1 mL to an Aptima Specimen Transfer Tube (ARUP supply #42711).

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.


Specimen source required.


MultiTest or Unisex Swab: Ambient: 2 months; Refrigerated: 2 months; Frozen: 1 year
Aptima Urine Specimen Transport Tube: Ambient: 1 month; Refrigerated: 1 month; 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


Qualitative Transcription-Mediated Amplification


Mon, Wed, Fri


1-4 days

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.

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

Compliance Category

Depends on Specimen/Source/Method


Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060755 APTIMA Media Type 74384-9
2005507 Specimen Source 31208-2
2005508 T. vaginalis by TMA 46154-1
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