New Test Announcement - Bacterial Vaginosis and Vaginitis

Effective Date: July 12, 2010

Order Code: BVV
CPT Codes*: 87480, 87660, 87510

LabDx is pleased to introduce in-house testing for the organisms that cause bacterial vaginosis and vaginitis (BVV) using the Affirm VPIII Microbial Identification Test. The Affirm test is a molecular, probe-based system for the identification of Candida species, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Trichomonas vaginalis using a single test. It is the first rapid DNA probe diagnostic test that simultaneously detects and identifies multiple organisms from a single vaginal swab. The Affirm test provides accurate results in less than an hour with up to 60% greater sensitivity than a wet mount and is able to detect mixed infections.

Vaginitis accounts for more than 10 million visits to the physicians’ offices each year. The three categories of vaginitis include:
1. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) caused by the bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis
2. Yeast vaginitis (candidiasis), and
3. Trichomonas vaginalis vaginitis

Each of these three infections requires a different course of therapy for treatment.

The complications from bacterial vaginosis (BV) caused by Gardnerella vaginalis include pelvic inflammatory disease and subsequent infertility in women. As many as three quarters of all adult women will be diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis) with 40-50% experiencing recurrent yeast infections. Approximately 3 million women per year contract trichomoniasis, caused by Trichomonas vaginalis, which causes post-surgical gynecologic infections and post-hysterectomy cellulitis. Both BV and trichomoniasis cause a significantly increased risk of pre-term delivery and low birth weights as well as significant harm to a woman’s reproductive system. Proper diagnosis of vaginitis can be difficult since up to 50% of women with BV may have no symptoms.

Affirm VPIII Ambient Temperature Transport System (ATTS) are available from our Client Supply Department.

  • The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.