What does a Mouth Swab look like?
A mouth swab is similar to a cotton bud with a cotton-ended part on a single end of the stick. The swabs are sent to you in sterile packaging and it is crucial to handle them in a clean environment with clean hands.
Tips for Successful Saliva Sampling:
- Follow the instructions provided carefully.
- It is important to make sure that the swab sample is correctly labelled with the name of the donor and any other information requested.
- To avoid contamination of the sample it is of utmost importance not to touch the cotton ended part of the swab and to keep swabs from different test participants separate.
- We provide 4 swabs for each person. Make sure to use all 4.
- Avoid eating, drinking and smoking for one or two hours before sampling as food and drink may compromise the quality of the sample. You may drink water.
In the case of infants requiring their mouths to be swabbed, again it is important that at least an hour has elapsed since the infants’ last feed and to rinse their mouth with lukewarm water prior to rubbing the swab inside their mouth.
Once we Receive Your Samples
Once we receive your samples, we will send you a confirmation email and you will be given the date when your results will be completed. Results are issued by email as standard or by email and hard copy for an added cost.