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Please read the following information before ordering

Aptima Collection devices for combined Chlamydia / Gonorrhoeae testing / Trichomonas vaginalis

Notification of current supply constraints on Aptima Collection Devices     

In July 2020, UCD NVRL issued notice to our Users regarding shortage of the following collection devices provided by Hologic:

  •  Aptima® Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit PRD-03546
  •  Aptima® Urine Specimen Collection                   Kit No. 301040
  •  Aptima® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection     Kit NO. 301041

 These collection kits continue to be in short supply due to global demand for Covid-19 testing swabs.

Orders submitted to NVRL via the online Swab Shop may not be completely filled. Should you require additional collection devices please submit a new order.

NVRL sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Urine collection guide

Mulitiest swab collection gude

Unisex swab colllection guide

Oracol Saliva Collection Devices

The device is designed to be used in a similar way to a toothbrush. Saliva is collected by rubbing the sponge swab firmly along the gum (at the base of the teeth if present) until the sponge is wet, this takes about 1 minute. Once the sponge is sufficiently wet, replace the sponge swab back into the test tube and insert the cap. The sample is then ready to be sent to the laboratory for processing.

Copan UTM

Copan UTM™, Universal Transport Medium, is a room temperature stable transport medium for collection, transport, maintenance and long term freeze storage of viruses and other intra-cellular pathogens. Copan swabs may be used to collect samples for the following investigations: Herpes Simplex virus, Varicella Zoster virus, Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Parechovirus, Measles & Mumps (however, buccal swabs are preferable) and the respiratory pathogen screen, i.e. nose and throat swabs (screen includes Adenovirus, Bocavirus, Coronavirus, Influenza A and B, Human metapneumovirus, Parainfluenza (1-4) virus, Respiratory syncytial virus, Pan-Rhino/Entero virus,Chlamydia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae). More information is available here on Product Information and How-to-Use.

Please note: While the Copan UTM swabs state they are suitable for Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma testing, Chlamydia trachomatis testing is performed only on samples taken using Aptima collection devices (Hologic); Molecular Mycoplasma pneumoniae testing is performed on respiratory samples only. Ureaplasma testing is not currently provided by the NVRL.

Faecal Swabs

Faecal swabs are now available for ordering.

Stool sample collection guide

Rectal sample collection guide

Product Insert and How to use guide

Fecal swab brochure;