Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra and is often due to sexually transmitted infections. It may be caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and/or Mycoplasma genitalium. The symptoms are a burning sensation while urinating, itching or burning near the opening of the penis, presence of blood in the semen or urine and discharge from the penis. A panel will help the clinician identify the cause of these symptoms.
Male Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one
hour prior to collection.
Male urine: Direct patient to provide first-catch urine
(a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream)
into a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2
mL of urine specimen must be transferred into the
APTIMA(R) specimen transport within 24 hours of
collection and before being assayed. Use tube
provided in the urine specimen collection kit. The fluid
(urine plus transport media) level in the urine tube
must fall within the clear pane on the tube label.
Male Urethral swabs: Follow instructions in the APTIMA(R)
Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit for Endocervical
and Urethral Swab Specimens package insert.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Reject Criteria: Transport tubes with 2 swabs; transport tubes with Non-APTIMA(R) swabs; swab transport tubes with no swab; swab or urine submitted in Non-APTIMA(R) transport tube; urine samples where the fluid level is not between the black fill lines; raw urine; female urine Transport Temperature: Room temperature Methodology: Transcription-Mediated Amplification, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction