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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

The STD Division provides routine and confirmatory testing for many common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Methods include nucleic acid amplification tests, multiplex immunoassays, flocculation, and particle agglutination. 

Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae/Trichomonas vaginalis (CT/GC/TV) Section

he CT/GC/TV Section performs testing for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, and Trichomonas vaginalis using a single specimen by means of nucleic acid amplification technology (NAAT). Specimens for CT/GC may be of oral, cervical, vaginal, rectal, or urethral origin. TV testing is not available for specimens of oral or rectal origin. Specimens must be either a swab or urine collected using a Gen-Probe Aptima Combo collection device.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Serology Section

The HIV section screens for HIV using a multiplex flow immunoassay intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of the individual analytes:  HIV-1 p24 antigen, HIV-1 (group M and O) antibodies, and HIV-2 antibodies. Serum is the acceptable specimen for analysis. Reactive specimens are retested and, if repeatedly reactive, are reflexed to a confirmatory test (the Geenius). If needed, a second confirmatory test, HIV 1-RNA, will be performed.  

Syphilis Serology Section

The Syphilis Section screening procedure utilizes a multiplex flow immunoassay intended for the qualitative detection of total (IgG/IgM) antibodies to Treponema pallidum. Currently, a card test is used for the qualitative detection and/or titer determination of non-treponemal reagin antibodies. If necessary, the specimen will be tested using a second treponemal test - the Treponema Pallidum-Particle Agglutination assay. Serum is the acceptable specimen for analysis.



STD Laboratory
(334) 290-3210 

(334) 213-2852    

(334) 213-2838


Page last updated: April 3, 2023