I've been swabbed a couple times at an STD clinic (thankfully came back negative both times) but I noticed they refer to their test as a "Real-time PCR". Is this the same as the PCR swab test that we all refer to on here? The doctor who swabbed me the second time seemed to think she needed fluid or an open lesion to be able to swab me but did it anyway... she seemed a bit confused about what the actual swab test was. But the lady who read me the results said it was a real-time PCR and I was previously told (after my first swab) that this clinic's swab test is highly sensitive and can pick up shedding, so that sounds like a typical PCR to me. Any thoughts?
By Chris Taylor
I went to the doctor last Tuesday because I thought I had some sort of anal fissure , the doctor agreed it was and I asked if he can swab it for hsv. He said it doesn't look like it and I said if he can still do it so I can have a piece of mind. I went in today for my results and all I see is that the-
Culture was Miscellaneous.
What does that mean? I asked him that last week I asked for a viral culture for hsv and his response was that it wasn't found in the Culture. But Idk if a miscellaneous swab culture includes hsv. He said if I had it it would of popped up on my report.
Here's my report, it turns out I have a small fungus/bacteria growing.
But I don't think hsv was looked for.
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First off, I have atypical symptoms that are difficult to swab because there's no convenient blister to pop. I've had more than a dozen swab tests done, all negative. I've read numerous reports of swab tests being incredibly inaccurate, and I'd have to say that they appear to be nearly worthless at least for my situation. I'd like to know whether I'm dealing with HSV1 or 2.
That being said, I have had a really hard time finding a clinic or lab that offers PCR testing. I have even been told that the FDA, in keeping with their typical commitment to being worse than useless, hasn't approved a PCR test for men. In fact I was told that only vaginal PCR tests are available from one lab. Is that true? If not, how can I find a PCR test? Naturally, most doctors and nurses seem to consider a request for a test that might actually have some accuracy to be outrageous and exotic.