Ordering Recommendation

Aids in the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by detection of Lactobacillus (L. gasseri, L. crispatus, and L. jensenii), Gardnerella vaginalis, and Atopobium vaginae. A qualitative result for BV is reported; results for individual organisms are not reported. Not recommended for patients under 14 years of age.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

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.

Specimen Preparation

Place swab in MultiTest Swab Specimen Transport Tube, break shaft at scoreline then recap tube.

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens in any transport media other than indicated above. Specimen in MultiTest swab transport media without a swab.


Ambient: 30 days; Refrigerated: 30 days; Frozen: 90 days


Qualitative Transcription-Mediated Amplification


Tue, Thu, Sat


1-4 days

Reference Interval

Test Number
Reference Interval
  Bacterial Vaginosis by TMA

Interpretive Data

A negative result does not preclude a possible infection.

A single qualitative result is determined based on relative amounts of the following target organisms: Lactobacillus (L. gasseri, L. crispatus, and L. jensenii), Gardnerella vaginalis, and Atopobium vaginae. This assay does not report individual organisms.

Results should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical data. This test has not been validated for use with specimens collected by patients at home.

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



Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3002584 Bacterial Vaginosis by TMA 92702-0
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  • Bacterial Vaginosis PCR
  • BV PCR
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)
  • Vaginitis Panel
Bacterial Vaginosis by TMA