Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Test code



1 dry genital swab or 20 mL 1st voided urine


ThinPrep or SurePath bottle or sterile bottle for urine

Special instructions



Samples in cytology preservative should be collected using a cervical broom and placed in liquid-based cytology fixative

Causes for rejection

Receipt of urine in sterile container >24 hours from collection; transport device with multiple swabs; female urethral swab; bloody or grossly mucoid specimens; bacterial swabs

Description of analysis

Detection of sexually transmitted disease caused by infection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) using real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)

Test methodology

DNA is extracted and purified from sample and is subjected to RT-PCR amplification and detection


Above methodology detects the presence of NG DNA but cannot determine the viability status of the bacteria

Storage instruction

Specimen should be kept at room temperature


Tapsall J et. al. (2006) .Future Microbiol. Oct;1: 317-24. Applications of molecular testing in clinical laboratories for the diagnosis and control of gonorrhea


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