Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (CTNG)

West Coast Pathology Laboratories offers Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing using the sensitive PCR method. We were one of the first laboratories to have validated and offer this test on all liquid based cervicovaginal cytology vials. WCPL offers a wide variety of tests from liquid based Pap specimens including the following tests: ThinPrep® Pap test, HPV Detection, HPV Identification, Chlamydia, Gonococcus, Herpes Simplex I, Herpes Simplex II, Ureaplasma/Mycoplasma, Vaginal Inflammation Panel Panel-(Candida Albicans, Atopobium Vaginae, Gardnerella, Trichomonas), Yeast Panel-(C. Albicans, C.Glabrata, Tropicalis, Parapsilosis), and 3q-26 Gain.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, infecting approximately two million Americans annually. Unfortunately, there are often no symptoms and, if left untreated, these infections may lead to severe complications. Many professional organizations, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), recommend that the following patient populations be screened for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

  • All patients under the age of 25 (annual screening).
  • All other patients who are considered high risk.
  • History of multiple sexual partners or a sexual partner with multiple contacts.
  • Sexual contact with persons with culture-proven STDs.
  • History of repeated episodes of STDs.
  • Attendance at clinics for STDs.

In addition, all obstetrics patients should be screened in order to prevent transmitting the disease to their infant during birth.

West Coast Pathology Laboratories is using Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing  method called Polymerase Chain Reaction, (PCR). This test method will detect Chlamydia and Gonorrhea by using multiplex PCR to amplify sequences specific to each disease. This PCR -based method provides increased sensitivity and specificity in comparison with all other previously used methodologies. WCPL has encountered NO false positive tests using this method.

WCPL is making this testing easy for you. In addition to the HPV test, you can order Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing directly from the Liquid Based Pap Test vial. This means you only have to collect one sample. More importantly, you can send your Pap test, HPV,  Chlamydia, Gonorrhea samples and your biopsies to the same laboratory. The diagnostic quality available at West Coast Pathology Laboratories is unparalleled in the industry. Our board-certified cytopathologists pool their medical expertise when consulting on unique or difficult cases and provide personal consultations. We have superior turnaround times for Pap tests and biopsies.