At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To detect the presence and identify the general type of bacteria or sometimes fungi (microorganisms) in a sample taken from the site of a suspected infection; to generally classify bacteria grown in culture so that further identification tests can be performed and appropriate treatment given
When to Get Tested?
When your health care provider suspects that you have a bacterial (or sometimes fungal) infection; often whenever a culture is requested
Test Preparation Needed?