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Docs, could a blood test or urine test detect chlamydia?

Docs, could a blood test or urine test detect chlamydia?

Testing: Chlamydia tests include a culture that may take 5 to 7 days to grow. A direct fluorescent antibody test looks for antigens. A nucleic acid hybridization test or a nucleic acid amplification test looks for chlamydia dna &enzyme –linked immunosorbent assay. Directing sampling uses fluids from cervix, urethra throat, eye (whichever area is impacted). Urine testing is also possible. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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How can I pass reditest/redicup drug test screening device?

How can I pass reditest/redicup drug test screening device?

By not using drugs: Ethical and reputable physicians are not in the business of helping people "beat" drug tests. The sophistication of these tests have reached the point where they are difficult-to-impossible to beat, if the test is done by an experienced center which knows how people try to adulterate/substitute samples. If you have a drug problem, work on getting help rather than on not getting caught. Please!!!! ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Can an HIV antibody screening test be positive but the western blot negative?

Can an HIV antibody screening test be positive but the western blot negative?

Yes: There are 2 reasons for this kind of result: (1) a false positive, or (2) early infection before seroconversion. In someone at low risk for HIV without symptoms, another negative WB in 1 month means there's no infection. In someone at risk or with symptoms of acute infection, a viral load can be helpful. The new 4th generation antigen/antibody tests will eliminate this problem. ...Read more

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Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Depends.: In an normal urinalysis they do not test for stds. But you can use the same urine sample to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. When they take blood for the syphilis test, the can also test for HIV and hep c, but not for chlamydia or gonorrhea. In summary, to have a "full std panel", you need to give both blood and urine. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Does urinalysis occult test detect cancer?

Does urinalysis occult test detect cancer?

No: Testing urine for cancer cells as screening of after treatment is not routine. Specific assays are being refined for detection. Finding occult blood or proteins may prompt evaluation but again most often does not lead to cancer diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a fbc test show signs of HIV infection?

Can a fbc test show signs of HIV infection?

Not really: A full blood count, has a variety of different tests that are performed as part of it, but an HIV test is not a standard one. You have to give permission to have an HIV test. However, the lymphocytes may be low, and if a differential count is done, may show low cd4 or cd8 counts, which may suggest the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Does an STD test test for hpv?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Does an STD test test for hpv?

Not usually: Hpv is something a great many people get exposed to, and most will have no symptoms from it, nor is there anything to do about it even if it is positive without symptoms/lesions. ...Read more

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13Days after sex if i test for a 10 panel STD test of chlamydia gonorea syphilis etc will test results be acurate ?

13Days after sex if i test for a 10 panel STD test of chlamydia gonorea syphilis etc will test results be acurate ?

No.: How will you be testing for these agents? Some require culture, some depend on antibody production, some use DNA technology. Tests dependent on antibody production are not likely to turn positive in two weeks. It would be preferable to see your doctor for the correct choice of tests. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Not necessarily: A specific HIV test has to be ordered by the doctor. Usually the doctor will inform the patient (or ask permission) before doing an HIV test, so if there was no discussion about it, most likely the test wasn't done. OTOH, everyone tested for STDs should also be tested for HIV, but different doctors and clinics have different policies, however. Call the office and ask directly. ...Read more

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Would a NAAT swab test show positive for chlamydia 3 days post possible exposure?

Would a NAAT swab test show positive for chlamydia 3 days post possible exposure?

A bit too early: The exact time for reliable chlamydia testing by NAAT isn't certain, but 3 days probably is a bit early. A negative result would be somewhat reassuring, but probably not conclusive. It would be safer to wait until 5 days or so, unless there is some urgency (e.g. if you have abdominal pain or other symptoms of a complication like PID). ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Does a Positive ANA Antibodies, IFA test mean I could have an STD? What STDs are Positive ANA test? Is an ANA Antibody test a standard test for STDs?

Does a Positive ANA Antibodies, IFA test mean I could have an STD? What STDs are Positive ANA test? Is an ANA Antibody  test a standard test for STDs?

Antinuclear antibody: Antinuclear antibody testing is useful for someone with signs and symptoms of an autoimmune disease - anemia, arthritis, kidney disease, inflammation of the heart and lungs. It is not a test for STDs. However, a test for syphilis, the VDRL, was once used as a test for autoimmune disease! Please call your doctor to explain your ANA. Usually they are of no medical significance. ...Read more

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Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Yes: The initial screening test for HIV is very sensitive, but not very specific. The back up screening tests are much more specific for HIV. ...Read more

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Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Strep throat: A rapid strep test could be false negative. A culture, if the specimen is obtained properly, should not have a false neg. ...Read more

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Does at home screening kit for vag infection called vagasil work? Its $12

Does at home screening kit for vag infection called vagasil work?  Its $12

Probably but : They probably work fine. It's probably cheaper though just to take some yeast cream over-the-counter and see if it works. If it doesn't work then see a doctor to have more definitive testing done ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more