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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Male Genital Swab

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Purple top bacterial

A separate specimen is required for Chlamydia / Gono PCR – Orange top Multiswab system or First Catch Urine.

Waikato Hospital Laboratory - Swab Guide


Test Information



Test Availability

Mon - Sun, 0800 - 2400

Laboratory Turnaround Time

Gram stain – same day. Culture (including routine bacterial culture and yeast) 2 days.


Microscopy & Culture