Journal article

A comparison of cotton-tipped and nylon flocked swabs for culture of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from oropharyngeal samples

Tiffany R Phillips, Marjan Tabesh, Christopher K Fairley, Kate Maddaford, Shivani Pasricha, Rebecca Wigan, Vesna De Petra, Deborah A Williamson, Eric PF Chow

DIAGNOSTIC MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Our aim was to determine if there was a difference in culture positivity for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea when sampling using a nylon-flocked versus cotton-tipped swab. We collected FLOQSwabs and cotton-tipped swabs from individuals aged ≥ 18 years who had untreated oropharyngeal gonorrhoea detected by NAAT between November 2019-June 2020.Of 78 participants, 32 (41.0%) were culture-positive for N. gonorrhoeae from either swab. Of these 32, 29 (90.6%, 95%CI: 75.0%-98.0%) were positive on both swabs, one (3.1%, 95%CI: 0.0%-16.2%) tested positive on FLOQSwab only and two (6.2%, 95%CI: 0.1%-20.8%) tested positive on cotton-tipped swabs only. There was moderate agreement between the swabs in the amou..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

EPFC and DAW are supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant (GNT1172873 and GNT1174555, respectively). CKF is supported by an Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator Grant GNT1172900).