Can PCR Help with STD Detection?

Detecting infections is an essential job of any medical facility, but it is sometimes overwhelming to explore the options with so many techniques available. When sifting through buzzwords, there is no double that “PCR” came across your feed at one point or another. As one of the most accurate tests available, PCR is something medical professionals should consider if they have not already.  

What Are PCR Tests? 

PCR stands for “polymerase chain reaction.” This technique uses scientific methods to detect active infections. Viruses are microscopic and difficult to see, even with a microscope. In a raw sample, the amounts of the viruses in them are generally too low to detect without additional tools.  

With PCR, technicians target specific genetic material and replicate it rapidly to a degree where the material becomes more “obvious.” It’s incredibly accurate in detecting even the smallest amount of evidence and blowing it up into something they can read so doctors may take action.  

It is a standard test when investigating possible cases of COVID-19. However, it is beneficial for other diseases as well. For one example, it makes detecting (and subsequently treating) STIs easy. 

What Are STIs? 

Formally known as STDs, STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are contagious diseases passed chiefly through intimate contact with others. Although most often transmitted via sexual contact of the mouth, genitalia, or anus, one may also contract some diseases through non-sexual contact (such as birth or sharing personal items).  

Although an overwhelming number of Americans have an STI, there is still a heavy stigma surrounding the disease. Many people feel uncomfortable discussing these infections and symptoms, even with their doctors. Patients need fast and accurate results to stay on top of their problems, reduce their chances of remaining untreated, let their previous partners go unaware, or continue to spread the infection.  

Why Is PCR Ideal for STI Detection? 

PCR is a fast and accurate way to get results. Some other things make PCR so suitable for STI tests. These factors are significant for STI detection as people need to know accurate results as soon as possible.  

Collecting samples is incredibly easy. Samples may come from stool, blood, urine, or simple swaps of the specific sites. Depending on the test, this means some patients may take a test at home and send in their samples to a lab for an adult without having to undergo a potentially embarrassing visit.  

With these testing alternatives, it may be easier for physicians to convince their patients to get the tests they feel deterred from seeking.  

Our community at PCR-Dx is here to help you learn about the services available through our cutting-edge facilities. Our locations have state-of-the-art equipment to provide you with everything you need for affordable and accurate results. We aim to bring you fast results during these uncertain times. You can count on us to provide reliable services you can trust and depend on. Contact us today for more information about the testing options that will work with your institution.  

About PCR-Dx Diagnostic  

At PCR-Dx Diagnostic, our mission is to provide our physician and practitioner clients and their patients with cutting-edge, all-inclusive PCR-based diagnostic services. Our goal is to enable medical professionals to make quick and accurate diseases diagnoses on their patients in line with our motto of “accurate testing and fast results.”