Please note: refer to the specimen collection and storage guidelines for each test for information on individual testing requirements.
All specimens and cultures must be submitted to the laboratory with a completed requisition form (see links to the right for forms). Regulations require all fields on the form to be completed, and any required information that is missing may lead to specimen rejection upon receipt. Please be sure to type or write clearly, as forms that are not legible can lead to misrouting of results. If you are a San Francisco-based clinician who is in possession of a San Francisco community health network (CHN) number, this number must also be included on the form for proper routing of results.
Specimens and cultures must be labeled with the patient’s full first and last name (or unique identifier) that matches the name or identifier on the requisition form, along with the specimen collection site (e.g. urethral, pharyngeal, cervical), if necessary for specimen identification. Specimens must be submitted in a leak-proof bag or container that indicates the presence of biohazardous material. The San Francisco Public Health Laboratory does not process urine cups for chlamydia/gonorrhea or Trichomons vaginalis NAAT testing–urine must be aliquoted into APTIMA urine collection kits in order to be tested.