Vaginosis Panel Testing
Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis often exhibit clinical symptoms that are nonspecific, subjective and subtle. Both disease states are associated with abnormal vaginal discharge and result in as many as 5 to 10 million patient visits annually. Diagnosis of vaginosis is based on clinical symptoms, pH of the vaginal fluid and microscopic examination of the discharge. Symptoms are not present in approximately 50 percent of women with bacterial vaginosis infection. While trichomonads may be observed during review of the Pap smear, this method has low sensitivity. The most common method for diagnosis of trichomoniasis is observing the presence of motile trichomonads from vaginal fluid using microscopic examination. This method has a sensitivity of 50 to 75 percent based on the skills of the examiner. The need for accurate, reproducible and rapid detection of these organisms has increased with data suggesting an association between obstetric and gynecologic complications as a result of untreated infections.
CPA Lab offers testing for candida, gardnerella and trichomonas using the BD Affirm VPIII ambient temperature transport system as a complement to our Pap smear services for the detection of bacterial vaginosis. The BD Affirm test allows the detection of all three organisms from a single vaginal swab.
Turnaround time on vaginosis panel testing is two days.
Please contact CPA Lab for specimen collection instructions.