Male genital tract samples (urethral, penile)



Gram stain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Sample requirements

Penile samples:

Standard charcoal transport swab

Urethral samples:

Plain wire swab

Place swab into transport medium

Wire swabs must be returned in a tube of charcoal transport medium

Fastidious organisms will nor survive on dry swabs

Charcoal transport swab
 Plain wire swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details:
    • Suspected STI
    • Balanitis, balanoposthitis
    • Epididymitis, orchitis
    • Urethral catheterisation
    • Recent surgery
  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy


Store and transport at room temperature

Turnaround time

2 - 4 days

Page last reviewed: 29/08/2014