Swab, Urine

7 STIs by PCR

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Product Code: PP12 Turnaround time: 2 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the patient. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal diseases, are infections caused by organisms that can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual activity and intimate contact. Since many STDs have few or no symptoms, it is possible for a person to have an infection and to infect others without either of them knowing it. For this reason, screening for these infections is important to ensure early detection and prompt treatment. This package tests for 7 most common STI from one sample.

  1. Herpes Simplex I/II (HSV-DNA) – to screen for or diagnose infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
  2. Chlamydia. According to the CDC, chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the U.S. In 2014, roughly 1.4 million cases of chlamydia represented the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC. Infection is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and is often called “the silent epidemic” because infections are common yet many people do not realize that they are infected. It is easily cured with antibiotics but can have serious health consequences if left untreated, including PID.
  3. Gonorrhoea. Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes bacterial STD gonorrhoea. It may not cause symptoms, especially in women, but can lead to PID, infertility, and other complications if not treated with antibiotics.
  4. Mycoplasma genitalium – to detect an active or recent mycoplasma (a type of bacteria) infection.
  5. Ureaplasma – test for U urealyticum and U parvum have been associated with urethritis and epididymitis.
  6. Trichomonas vaginalis – to diagnose an infection with the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis, which causes the sexually transmitted disease trichomoniasis.
  7. Gardnerella vaginalis – to diagnose an infection, which causes Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Vaginitis and Vaginosis.

The 7 STI urine screen checks for 7 of the most common STIs in men and women that can give genital symptoms like pain or burning whilst passing urine, itching, discharge or rashes. However, many of these STIs might not give any symptoms at all and the 7 STI urine screen is the best way to check if you have any of them: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Gardnerella vaginalis, Herpes simplex 1&2.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Urine

The first catch of urine is best for this type of test. You should not pass urine for 2 hours before doing the test. Then the first 10-20ml of urine should be collected.

Swab

Tell us about the use of antibiotics or, if you are a woman, douches or vaginal creams within 24 hours before testing vaginal samples, as they may affect test results. You may be asked to avoid using these within 24 hours before testing vaginal samples since they may affect test results. Menstruation will not affect results.

Many people do not notice symptoms when they have an STI, including most women with chlamydia. If it’s left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to get pregnant.
Gonorrhoea can also affect fertility. Around 50% of women and 10% of men with gonorrhoea do not have symptoms.

Left untreated, STIs can affect your health. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, get tested. In women and men:

  • pain when you pass urine (pee)
  • itching, burning or tingling around the genitals
  • blisters, sores, spots or lumps around the genitals or anus
  • black powder or tiny white dots in your underwear – this could be droppings or eggs from pubic lice

In women:

  • yellow or green vaginal discharge
  • discharge that smells
  • bleeding between periods or after sex
  • pain during sex
  • lower abdominal pain

In men:

  • discharge from the penis
  • irritation of the urethra (the tube urine comes out of)

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have an STI, but it’s worth getting tested so you can find out what’s causing the symptoms and get treatment.

If you test positive for any of the STIs listed, our medic will contact you to issue further advice on what you should do next.

See the pages on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one.

Results should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical and laboratory findings.

Disclaimer

The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario.

Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

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