Preliminary at 24 and 48 hours. Final at 72 hours.
Specimen Collection Details
Collect specimen from endocervix, male urethra, pharynx, rectum, skin or conjunctiva using a Routine Culture transport swab. Collect synovial fluid in a sterile plastic container, or sterile syringe with air expelled. Accepted but not recommended: Sterile 4 mL green top tube (heparin). Specimen may be plated directly to Thayer Martin agar and transported in a container with a CO2 generator. If transport is delayed, incubate Thayer Martin agar plate in CO2 at 35° C.
If syringe is submitted, the needle must be removed and the syringe capped.
Specimen other than Thayer Martin agar plate stable 6 hours ambient. Specimen on Thayer Martin agar plate in CO2 stable 24 hours ambient. Specimen unstable refrigerated or frozen.