San Francisco Public Health Laboratory
The San Francisco Public Health Laboratory is a CLIA-certified diagnostic testing laboratory that provides infectious disease laboratory testing to over fifty submitters in San Francisco and laboratories across the State of California for diagnostic and public health purposes. The laboratory is part of the Disease Prevention and Control Branch of the Population Health Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The types of testing that we perform range from diagnostic testing of patient specimens to culture and strain testing for public health surveillance purposes. We are part of the national public health network (including the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that is involved in controlling and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. We are open Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, excluding legal holidays, and are located at 101 Grove Street in San Francisco. Feel free to contact our laboratory if you have any questions, however, please see below for specimen and culture collection guidelines for each testing service.
Laboratory Contact Information:
City and County of San Francisco
Public Health Laboratory
101 Grove Street, Room 419
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (excluding legal holidays).
Laboratory Director: Godfred Masinde, PhD, MBA, HCLD (ABB)
CLIA ID # 05D0643643
For a copy of our current CLIA license, please click here.
General Specimen Submission Guidelines:
Please note: refer to the specimen collection and storage guidelines for each test below for information on individual testing requirements.
All specimens and cultures must be submitted to the laboratory with a completed requisition form (see section below for forms). Regulations require all fields on the form to be completed, and any required information that is missing may lead to specimen rejection upon receipt. Please be sure to type or write clearly, as forms that are not legible can lead to misrouting of results. If you are a San Francisco-based clinician who is in possession of a San Francisco community health network (CHN) number, this number must also be included on the form for proper routing of results.
Specimens and cultures must be labeled with the patient’s full first and last name (or unique identifier) that matches the name or identifier on the requisition form, along with the specimen collection site (e.g. urethral, pharyngeal, cervical), if necessary for specimen identification. Specimens must be submitted in a leak-proof bag or container that indicates the presence of biohazardous material. The San Francisco Public Health Laboratory does not process urine cups for chlamydia/gonorrhea NAAT testing--urine must be aliquoted into APTIMA urine collection kits in order to be tested.
Forms for Specimen and Culture Submission
Each of the forms below can be edited electronically and saved on a local hard drive as a pdf file for your convenience. We strongly encourage submitters to electronically enter information into the forms to reduce the chance for errors.
For the general test requisition form (most assays), please use the following form: General Requisition Form
If you are a San Francisco Health Network clinical site and are submitting a specimen for chlamydia/gonorrhea TMA, please use the following form: SFHN CT/GC Requisition Form
For clinical laboratories submitting bacterial (non-mycobacteriology) cultures for testing, please use the following form: Bacteriology / Parasitology Requisition Form
For clinical laboratories submitting mycobacteriology cultures for testing, please use the following form: General Requistion Form (including Mycobacteriology)
If you are submitting a specimen or culture to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through our laboratory, complete the following form and include it with your specimen submission:
For testing for viral and rickettsial diseases, use the form: CDC DASH Form (Viral & Rickettsial)
For testing for diseases of bacterial nature use the form: CDC DASH Form (Bacteriology / Parasitology)
Laboratory Test Menu - Including Directions for Specimen Collection and Storage