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Test Code WETP Wet Prep


Direct Examination

Microscopic examination for Trichomonas, yeast, and clue cells

Performing Laboratory

Mary Washington Healthcare-Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine-Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Specimen source is required on request form for processing


Specimen must arrive within 30 minutes of collection.


Acceptable Specimens:

Prostatic secretion, urethral discharge, or vaginal secretion


1. Collect specimen using a Culturette® swab.

2. Place Culturette® swab into plain, red-top tube containing 0.5 mL to 1 mL of 0.9% saline.

3. Break off top of swab and place in VACUTAINER®.

4. Secure stopper tightly.

5. Label container with patient’s name (first and last), Social Security number or date of birth (inpatients:  medical record number), date and time of collection, collector’s initials, and type of specimen.

6. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.

Reference Values

See report.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday