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BCH Order Code LAB3218 Vaginosis Pathogen Panel PCR

Reporting Title

Vaginosis Pathogen Panel PCR

Useful For

The Aptima BV assay reports a single qualitative result that targets Lactobacillus species, Gardnerella vaginalis and Atopobium vaginae.  The Aptima CV/TV assay detects Candida species, Candida glabrata and TrichomonasC. glabrata is reported separately when detected to allow for appropriate selection of antifungal therapy.

Performing Laboratory

Boulder Community Health

Specimen Requirements

ContainerTube: Aptima Multitest Swab

Specimen:  Vaginal swab


NOTE:  This same specimen can be used for Neisseria gonorrhea and Chlamydia trachomatis testing


Specimen Collection:  Refer to the specimen collection kit package insert for specific cllection instructtions.


NOTE:  Handle all specimens as if they contain potentially infectious agents.  Use Universal Precautions and wear appropriate PPE.  Avoid splashing and cross-contamination.

Specimen Transport Temperature

After collection, store specimens at 2C to 30C.



Reference Values

BV Result:  Negative

Candida species: Negative

Candida glabrata: Negative

Trichomonas: Negative


BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS INTERPRETIVE INFORMATION: A negative result does not preclude a possible infection.  A single qualitative result is determined based on relative amounts of the following bacterial vaginosis organisms: Lactobacillus (L. gasseri, L. crispatus, and L. jensenii), Gardnerella vaginalis, and Atopobium vaginae. This assay does not report individual organisms.  

CANDIDA AND TRICHOMONAS INTERPRETIVE INFORMATION: Candida species and Trichomonas by TMA.   A negative result does not preclude a possible infection. This test detects Trichomonas vaginalis, Candida glabrata, and other Candida species (C. albicans, C. parapsilosis, C. dubliniensis, and C. tropicalis). The assay does not differentiate among organisms in the Candida species group. 

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.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Saturday

Turn around time: 36 hours

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87480 - Candida direct probe technique

87660 - Trichomonas vaginalis direct probe technique

87510 Gardnerella vaginalis direct probe technique

LOINC Code Information

54142-5 Candida

54143-3 Gardnerella

54144-1 Trichomonas