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- if a woman is being examined an endocervical swab should be used for Nucleic
acid amplification test (NAAT) testing for gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia
- if gonorrhoea is suspected an additional endocervical swab should
be taken for microscopy, culture and sensitivity
- facilities for direct plating of samples for N. gonorrhoeae culture
are not usually available in primary care, but transport medium (e.g.
charcoal swab) gives acceptable results if plated immediately in the
- if sending swabs to the laboratory in transport medium they should
be stored at 4ºC as soon as possible and transported to the laboratory
ideally within 48 hours. Fluctuations in temperature should be avoided
- 1) FSRH and BASHH Guidance (February 2012) Management of Vaginal Discharge
in Non-Genitourinary Medicine Settings
Last reviewed 01/2018