Molecular Testing Guidelines

Test Preferred Fixative Notes
Human papillomavirus (HPV) ThinPrep™ vial Commonly ordered at the time of a Gyn Pap Test collection. Room temperature.
Chlamydia ThinPrep™ vial, Aptima Unisex swab or the Aptima Urine Kit Store at room temperature.
Gonorrhea ThinPrep™ vial, Aptima Unisex swab or the Aptima Urine Kit Store at room temperature.
Trichomonas ThinPrep™ vial, Aptima Unisex swab or the Aptima Urine Kit Store at room temperature.

Ancillary Testing Guidelines

Test Preferred Fixative Notes
Flow Cytometry RPMI Time sensitive specimen. Do not delay transfer to lab.
Immunofluorescence Michel's medium Refrigerate Michel's medium. Specimen can be kept at room temperature.
UroVysion Cytolyt fixative Time sensitive specimen. Do not delay transfer to lab.
Afirma® Thyroid FNAprotect® vial containing 1 FNA pass Send FNAprotect® vial along with FNA in Cytolyt for Non-Gyn Cytology.