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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Chlamydia trachomatis / Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR

Test Name

Chlamydia trachomatis / Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR

Gene Name


Test Code



Molecular Microbiology - Bacterial


Strand Displacement Assay

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days


  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia urethritis
  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Cervicitis

Specimen Type

  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Urethra
  • Urine

Minimum Specimen Requirements

Use BD ProbeTec ET CT/GC collection swabs: 

  • Pink swab for cervical and vaginal swabs for females
  • Blue swab for  urethral swab for males
  • Urine (males and females) collected in sterile, preservative-free containers from first void specimen (not midstream), volume between 15 to 60 mls.
  • Specimens that fall outside of this range will be REJECTED.


  • Store and transport  from collection to SickKids at 2 - 27°C  within 4 days of collection.

Special Requirements

Health Canada approved

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212