Understand Your Test

Throad Swab Culture (Strep Throat Test)

Formal Name

 Group A beta hemolytic streptococcus.

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.