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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To detect the presence and identify the general type of bacteria or sometimes fungi (microbes) 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 a healthcare practitioner suspects that you have a bacterial (or sometimes fungal) infection; often whenever a culture is requested
Test Preparation Needed?