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Strep Throat Test

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Also known as: Throat Culture; Culture, Throat; Rapid Strep Test; Streptococcal Screen
Formal name: Group A streptococcus (GAS); Group A beta hemolytic streptococcus

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if a sore throat is "strep throat" that is caused by group A streptococcus (GAS)

When to Get Tested?

When you have a sore throat that your doctor thinks may be due to a bacterial infection

Sample Required?

A swab rubbed against the back of your throat and tonsils

Test Preparation Needed?