Skip to main content

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

Alias: C. trachomatis

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a particular strain of chlamydia bacteria. It is mostly acquired by men who have sex with men. Only specimens that are known to be positive for C. trachomatis are accepted for testing. All people with proctitis should have rectal swabs taken to test for lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV).

All HIV-positive men who have sex with men (with or without symptoms) with Chlamydia trachomatis at any site should have rectal swabs taken to test for LGV.

Availability: Referred to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Virus Reference Department (VRD): Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 7 Days upon receipt at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Virus Reference Department (VRD)

Related Tests: Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria gonorrhoeae NAAT

Specimen Type(s)
  • Rectal swab;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit;
  • Aptima Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit for Endocervical and Male Urethral Swab Specimens ;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum biovar DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
500 uL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Swab specimens should be transported 2 °C to 30 °C and are stable for up to 60 days prior to testing.
Maximum add on time
4 Weeks
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Not Detected / Detected
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

If you have any queries about a test or results interpretation please contact us.

Last updated: 03-06-2023