Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
TRICHOMONAS, ANTIGEN, VAGINAL SWAB
Test Code: TVA
Clinical Information:
Test Indications:
Female patient experiencing vaginal discharge that may be foul smelling and pruritus.

Recommendations:
Collect specimen from the vaginal cavity with a sterile swab (Do NOT use a cotton tip or wooden shaft swabs for collection as these are unacceptable).

Patient Preparation Instructions:
Not applicable.
Collection Devices:
Preferred Device:
Specimen Required: Swab of vaginal secretions/discharge (Adult and Pediatric) - Collect specimen from the vaginal cavity using a sterile, rayon tipped swab with a plastic shaft.  Place swab back in sleeve either with or without transport media.
Trichomonas vaginalis antigen testing is not validated for male patients.
Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:
Positive report:  Positive for Trichomonas vaginalis
Negative report:  Negative for Trichomonas vaginalis
Invalid:  control or background color makes reading the test impossible
Availability:
Daily
See Also:
More Information:
Specimen Handling:
Submit the swab to the laboratory as soon as possible.  If delays anticipated, swab may be held at room temperature for no longer than 24 hours or store at 4°C for a maximum of 36 hours, by which time it must be received by the laboratory.