Three Site Collection Instructions

These instructions are intended for the collection of samples for oral, genital, and rectal screening.

Please read before continuing

  1. Blood card collection instructions are included with the blood card kit.
  2. Your kit may not contain all collection devices in the following instruction. Please only use and follow the instructions for the collection devices provided in your kit.
  3. Do not eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes prior to collection of oral specimens.
  4. Do not collect vaginal swab specimen during menstruation or within 24 hours of intercourse.
  5. Do not collect specimens while taking antibiotics and wait at least 7 days to collect specimens after you have stopped taking them.
  6. Collection tubes may contain a liquid preservative.
    DO NOT EMPTY LIQUID PRESERVATIVE FROM COLLECTION TUBES IF PRESENT.
  7. Each collection tube is labeled to indicate collection site (oral, anal, vaginal, urine) it is important that you are placing the correct specimens into each tube to ensure accurate results.

Collection Instructions

Oral Swab

  1. Hold the swab with the score line above your hand.
  2. Insert the swab into your mouth and rub swab tip against the back of your throat for 10 seconds.
  3. Carefully withdraw the swab and place into the collection tube marked“Oral” Break the swab at the score line by bending against the collection tube.
  4. Place lid onto the collection tube and ensure it is closed evenly and tightly.
  5. Write your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (DOB).
  6. Write the specimen collection date (today’s date) in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (Coll. Date).
  7. Place specimen into an empty biohazard bag and ensure the seal is closed completely.

Urine

  1. Do not urinate for at least 1 hour prior to collection. Using first morning urine is best.
  2. Urinate directly into the collection cup, and collect 30 mL - 50 mL of urine.
  3. Use the pipette to transfer urine from the collection cup into the collection tube(s) marked “Urine”.
  4. Fill the collection tube(s) until the combined liquid is between the designated fill lines. Do not fill tube past the maximum fill line or specimen will be rejected.
  5. Place lid onto the collection tube(s) and ensure it is closed evenly and tightly.
  6. Write your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (DOB).
  7. Write the specimen collection date (today’s date) in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (Coll. Date).
  8. Place specimen into an empty biohazard bag and ensure the seal is closed completely.  

Vaginal Swab

  1. Hold the swab in one hand, and separate the labia (folds of skin around the vaginal opening).
  2. Insert the swab 3 - 5 cm (1-2 in) into the vaginal opening.
  3. Gently turn the swab for 30 seconds while rubbing the swab against the walls of the vagina.
  4. Carefully withdraw the swab and place into the collection tube marked “Vaginal”. Break the swab at the score line by bending against the collection tube.
  5. Place lid onto the collection tube and ensure it is closed evenly and tightly.
  6. Write your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (DOB).
  7. Write the specimen collection date (today’s date) in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (Coll. Date).
  8. Place specimen into an empty biohazard bag and ensure the seal is closed completely. 

Rectal Swab

  1. Hold the swab with the score line above your hand.
  2. Insert the swab 3 - 5 cm (1 - 2 in) into the anal canal.
  3. Gently turn the swab for 5-10 seconds while rubbing the swab against the walls of the rectum.
  4. Carefully withdraw the swab and place into the collection tube marked “Anal”. Break the swab at the score line by bending against the collection tube.
  5. Place lid onto the collection tube and ensure it is closed evenly and tightly.
  6. Write your date of birth in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (DOB).
  7. Write the specimen collection date (today’s date) in MM/DD/YYYY format onto the tube in the designated area (Coll. Date).
  8. Place specimen into an empty biohazard bag and ensure the seal is closed completely. 

Shipping Check List and Instructions

  • Have you used all collection devices contained in the kit to collect the required specimens?
  • Is your date-of-birth written on all specimen collection tubes and the blood card using MM/DD/YYYY format?
  • Is the collection date written on all specimen collection tubes and the blood card using MM/DD/YYYY format?
  • If contained in your kit, are blood card circles completely filled with blood and soaked through the collection card?
  • Is each specimen collection tube and the blood card sealed in its own biohazard bag? (ONLY one specimen per bag)
  • Are all specimens placed into the box?
  • Is the box placed into the pre-paid return shipping bag?
  • Is the return shipping bag completely sealed?

Drop off your completed kit at any US Postal Service mailbox or US Postal Service Location. You will receive an email notification when your kit is received at the lab, and when your lab results are ready.

Still need help? Contact Us Contact Us