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What is a group b strep test?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Culture for bacteria

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women.
The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection.

In brief: Culture for bacteria

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women.
The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Simple swab for germ

Group b streptococcus is a germ that commonly inhabits the bowel, & can find its way to the genital tract.
It can infect babies during or after labor & cause devastating illness. It is common for ob's to swab the genitals during the later stages of pregnancy to see if gbs is present. (about 1/3 have it at any one time) the swab material is transferred to a growth media & sent to the lab for tests.

In brief: Simple swab for germ

Group b streptococcus is a germ that commonly inhabits the bowel, & can find its way to the genital tract.
It can infect babies during or after labor & cause devastating illness. It is common for ob's to swab the genitals during the later stages of pregnancy to see if gbs is present. (about 1/3 have it at any one time) the swab material is transferred to a growth media & sent to the lab for tests.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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