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Strep Throat Test

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

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

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

When to Get Tested?

When you have a sore throat that starts quickly and lasts more than a week and/or other symptoms such as a fever of 101° F or higher, or reddened throat and/or tonsils with white or yellow patches or streaks

Sample Required?

A swab rubbed against the back of your throat and tonsils

Test Preparation Needed?