Sexually Transmitted Disease Cultures
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can lead to urethritis, vaginitis, endometritis, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), pharyngitis, proctitis, epididymitis, prostatitis, or salpingitis when untreated. A baby that is exposed to the STDs of his infected mother can develop blindness, pneumonia, brain injury, or death. If you have symptoms, there are a number of tests that may be done, and if you have a positive result, your partner should also be tested and treated. Cultures are done on cervical secretions for women; cultures are done on urethral swabs for men.
STD Tests can test for the presence of:
Candida (culture, microscopic exam of specimen)
Chlamydia (cervical or urethral cultures, DNA testing, blood)
Gardnerella vaginalis (cervical, anal, or urethral cultures)
Gonorrhea (cervical, anal, or urethral cultures)
Herpes simplex II (culture, blood)
Trichomoniasis (cervical, anal, mouth and throat, and urethral cultures)
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