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Test Code NBLD0373 Affirm (Vaginitis Probe)

Useful For

The diagnosis of vaginitis due to Gardnerella vaginalis, Trichomonas vaginalis, and/or Candida species.


Nucleic Acid Hybridization

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Call Bozeman Health Laboratory Services at 406-414-5010 to obtain BD Affirm VPIII Transport System.

Specimen Type: Vaginal

Container/Tube: BD Affirm VPIII Transport System

Specimen Volume: Adequate amount

Collection Instructions:

Note: Do not use lubricant on speculum.  Specimen should be obtained from posterior fornix of vagina.

  1. Gently rotate swab clockwise for 10 to 30 seconds to ensure adequate sampling.
  2. Withdraw swab carefully. Swab lateral vaginal wall while removing.
  3. Remove cap from swab transport tube, immediately place specimen collection swab into transport tube.
  4. Carefully break swab shaft at scoreline; use care to avoid splashing of contents.  Recap transport tube tightly.
  5. Label container with patient’s name (first and last), date and actual time of collection, and type of specimen.

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Affirm VPIII Transport System Ambient 72 hours
  Refrigerated 72 hours


Reference Values

Negative (reported as positive or negative)


A positive result indicates that nucleic acid for Gardnerella vaginalis, Trichomonas vaginalis, and/or Candida species is present at clinically-significant levels.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding