The Sexual Health Network, Greater Manchester. NHS

Important Information

Swab Aptima

The swab aptima has two parts:

  • An orange test tube containing some liquid
  • A vaginal swab in a sealed packet

Important Points to ensure best results

Do not remove the swab from the paper packaging until you are about to take the sample as the swab needs to remain sterile

Do not touch the cotton part of the swab or contaminate it in any way such as putting it down on a surface

Do not remove any of the liquid from the test tube

Do not pierce or remove the foil from the top of the test tube lid


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