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November 5, 2018

Changes to Trichomonas vaginalis testing


  • Effective December 3, 2018 LifeLabs BC is changing testing methodology for Trichomonas vaginalis to NAAT (nucleic acid amplification) testing.
  • Trichomonas antigen testing by EIA will be discontinued.

Collection Changes

  • Effective December 3, 2018, please submit urine or an APTIMA swab for trichomonas testing (same collection as for chlamydia/gonorrhea).
  • Testing can now be performed on males and females.
  • Testing for trichomonas cannot be performed using samples collected with the red topped Liquid Amies swab.

Ordering Supplies

Health care providers may order supplies through our Courier Department

  1. Lower mainland and BC Region  604-412-4481 (Option #1 for supplies)
  2. Vancouver Island 1-250-881-3111 ext 72124 or fax 1-250-727-0344

Please contact the LifeLabs Client Information Centre 1-800-431-7206 for all inquiries.

For more information please click here.

To reference the Genital Collection Table click here.


Help protect yourself & others by wearing a mask

As recommended by Public Health Agency of Canada, we're asking all customers who can to wear a non-medical mask or face covering as an added safety precaution while in our patient service centres.

Thank you for your cooperation!