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Mycoplasma genitalium PCR

Alias: MGEN, MG, Mgen, NGU

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Up to 25% of uncomplicated cases of non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) are caused by infection with Mycoplasma genitalium. This organism is likely to be implicated in an even higher proportion of cases of recurrent or persistent NGU.

BASHH Guidelines

Testing aids in the diagnosis of M. genitalium urogenital infections in both male and female patients. Consideration should be given to testing for M. genitalium in all males with non-GC urethritis and all individuals with signs or symptoms of PID, cervicitis, endometritis, associated infertility, ano-rectal condition or epididymo-orchitis. Partner testing is advised for current partners only. Rectal infections are common and appear to be an important reservoir for resistance.

Availability: Referred to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (AMRHAI) reference unit: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 8 Days upon receipt at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (AMRHAI) reference unit

Related Tests: Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria gonorrhoeae NAAT

Specimen Type(s)
  • Genital Swab;
  • Rectal swab;
  • Urine;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Panther Swab (Female) Collection Kit;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Mycoplasma genitalium DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Residual specimen from unprocessed NAAT swab transport medium: 400 uL
Urine: 3mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Samples must be received within 2 weeks of collection.
  • Swab specimens should be transported 2 °C to 30 °C and are stable for up to 60 days prior to testing.
  • Non Aptima specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible. Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
Maximum add on time
2 Weeks
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Not Detected / Detected
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-06-2023