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Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (NG) Qualitative by Aptima COMBO® 2 TMA

Test Code



Transcription mediated amplification (TMA)

Turnaround Time

1-3 days

Specimen Requirements

3.0 mL ThinPrep® PAP solution or SurePath™  Test Pack solution
1.0 mL liquid cytology media (ThinPrep or SurePath)
One cervical or urethral swab collected with APTIMA Unisex Swab Specimen Collection (WHITE) Kit
20-30 mL (first catch) urine collected into a preservative-free urine collection cup or 2.0 mL urine transferred to APTIMA urine specimen transport (YELLOW) tube

Specimen Stability
ThinPrep/SurePath - 30 days from collection at 18-25°C. Specimens are kept for 21 days after receipt
Swabs stable at 2-30°C for 60 days from collection
Urine stable at 2-30°C for 24 hours from collection; 30 days after transfer to APTIMA urine transport (YELLOW) tube
Storage & Handling

Transport and store all specimens at 2-30°C.

Causes for Rejection

Insufficient specimen volume
No swab in transport tube
Urine specimens >24 hours old unless transferred to APTIMA urine transport (YELLOW) tube

Reference Range

Detected/Not Detected


Intended for use as a screening test for evidence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection.

  1. GEN-PROBE APTIMA Combo 2 Assay (
  2. Welch DF (2007).  Screening for chlamydial and gonorrheal infections: current laboratory applications.  Infect Med. 24:266-278.

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