A VALUABLE TOOL FOR DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT & PREVENTION
Molecular testing using state-of-the-art real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR or PCR) technology offers high sensitivity, specificity and rapid turnaround time, making it a valuable tool in STI diagnosis, monitoring and management. It aids in early detection, appropriate treatment selection, prevention of transmission and overall public health efforts related to these infections.
Benefits of Molecular Testing
Molecular tests can detect small amounts of genetic material from the infectious agent, allowing for early and accurate detection even when the pathogen load is low.
PCR-based tests can deliver results within hours, whereas cultures may require several days or even weeks to grow the organisms.
Broad Pathogen Detection
Molecular tests can simultaneously detect multiple pathogens in a single test, which is especially important in cases where patients may be infected with multiple pathogens simultaneously or have overlapping symptoms.
Non-invasive, Gender-neutral Sample Collection
Non-invasive collection is ideal for trauma-informed care, reduces patient discomfort and respects patient privacy.