Compliance & Safety, Education & Training, General Information

Self-Collected Swabs

Self-collected vaginal swabs may be used for testing as opposed to provider-collected swabs. Self-collected swabs are supported by current clinical guidelines as recent studies have shown their equivalence, if not superiority, in quality and their association with increased patient satisfaction.

NOTE: Self-collection must still take place in a healthcare setting and is not approved for at-home collection.


Aptima™ Vaginal or Multitest Swab

LAB3522: APTIMA Chlamydia Gonococcus NAAT

LAB3524: APTIMA Chlamydia NAAT

LAB3523: APTIMA Gonococcus NAAT

LAB3525: APTIMA Trichomonas, NAAT

LAB1230560: APTIMA Mycoplasma Genitalium (MGen), NAAT

LAB1230566: APTIMA STI Panel, NAAT


Alinity m multi-Collect Specimen Collection Kit

Alinity m multi-Collect Kit


LAB1230885 Chlamydia/Gonococcus PCR

LAB1230886 Chlamydia PCR

LAB1230887 Gonococcus PCR



LAB3615 Gram Stain – BV/Yeast


Patient collection instructions are located on the training page, under How to Collect, “Self Swab for STI Testing“.



1) Miller, J.M., Binnicker, M.J., Campbell, S, et al. A Guide to Utilization of the Microbiology Laboratory for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: 2018 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology. Clin Infect Dis, 2018; 67: 813-816.

2) Lunny, C., Taylor, D., Hoang, L., et al. Self-Collected versus Clinician-Collected Sampling for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening: A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis. PLoS One, 2015, 10: e0132776.

3) Korownyk, C., Kraut, R.Y., and Kolber, M. R. Vaginal Self-Swabs for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Can Fam Physician, 2018, 64: 448.

4) Stevermer, J. PURLs: Is self-swabbing for STIs a good idea? J Fam Pract, 2013, 62: 651-653.

5) Geelen, T.H., Rossen, J.W., Beerens A. M. et al. Performance of cobas 4800 and m2000 real-time assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in rectal and self-collected vaginal specimen. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis, 2013, 77: 101-105.

6) Chernesky, M.A., Hook, E.W., Martin, D.H. et al. Women find it easy and prefer to collect their own vaginal swabs to diagnose Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections. Sex Transm Dis, 2005, 32: 729-733.


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