Vaginal/cervical: no Neisseria gonorrhoeae – UNGRADED. Shipped August 12, 2019 FINAL RESULT


A simulated genital sample collected from a 19-year-old female college student was sent to category A laboratories.

Participants were expected to indicate the absence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.


  1. The specimen source should be clearly indicated or ascertained.
  2. For some specimens, such as genital specimens sent for Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture, it is useful to clinicians for the report to specify the absence of the principle pathogen(s) at the site if the culture is negative.
  3. Identification of isolates that are part of the normal flora and are not considered significant is not useful and should be avoided.
  4. It is very important to be able to distinguish Neisseria gonorrhoeae from species that resemble it and only to report it when there is a high level of confidence in the identification.

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