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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Chlamydia trachomatis Culture 
  Synonym: CT Culture 
  Method: Shell vial culture 
  Availability: Cultures set up Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; results available 48 hours after set-up 
  Specimen: Cervical, urethral, rectal, eye, and infant nasopharyngeal swabs, or tissue 
  Collection Device: Starswab Multitrans Collection and TransportSystem, multipurpose viral/chlamydia/mycoplasma transport media, or Chlamydia transport media

Specimen Collection:
1. Aseptically remove sterile swab from package
2. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing site involved
3. Aseptically remove cap from vial
4. Insert swab into medium and break swab at the scored line
5. Replace cap to vial. Close tightly
6. Fill out vial label with patient's name, date of birth, and source of specimen
7. Refrigerate during transport 
  Storage/Transport: Refrigerate; if time to setup in laboratory will be > 24 hours then freeze 
  Unacceptable: Cotton swabs with wooden shaft, urine, specimens from discharges, samples in Amplicor, EOA, GenProbe, or LCX STD kits 
  Specimen Stability: Refrigerated, up to 24 hours 
  Reference Interval: Negative 
  Reportable Disease:  
  Revised: 2/13/2012 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.