Procedure to collect samples for HPV testing – Storage of the samples after collection, and transportation to the laboratory
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Appropriate storage is essential after the collection of a sample for HPV testing (which could be a provider-collected cervical sample or a self-collected sample). The storage requirements may be different for different test technologies used. Please check the sample storage instructions printed on the tube containing the sample transport medium.
Usually the samples can be stored at room temperature for 1 week. However, if the ambient temperature is high (> 30 °C), the tubes should be placed in an icebox or in a refrigerator (not in the freezer compartment) until they are ready for transportation to the laboratory for analysis.
Specimens can be transported to the laboratory at room temperature. However, if the ambient temperature is high (> 30 °C), the samples should be transported in a closed icebox or a vaccine carrier. The specimens must be accompanied by the appropriate laboratory requisition forms. For details of specimen transfer, please refer to the instructions from the manufacturer of the test kit.