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asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th March, 2020

How long does a rapid strep test?

Test results are usually available in about 15 minutes. If the rapid strep test indicates a strep infection, the doctor usually will prescribe antibiotics.

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Just so, how long does rapid strep test take?

If strep throat is likely, a test called a rapid strep test (or quick strep) may be done before a throat culture. With a rapid strep test, results are ready in 10 minutes instead of 1 to 2 days with a throat culture.

Likewise, what does the rapid strep test detect? Rapid strep test. The rapid strep test (RST) is a rapid antigen detection test (RADT) that is widely used in clinics to assist in the diagnosis of bacterial pharyngitis caused by group A streptococci (GAS), sometimes termed strep throat.

Similarly one may ask, how accurate is the rapid strep test?

Most rapid strep tests have a sensitivity of 95%, meaning that the test will be positive in 95 of 100 patients who are documented to have strep throat via throat culture obtained at the same time.

Can you still have strep if rapid test is negative?

In some cases, if you have symptoms of a strep infection but your test comes back negative, your doctor may order a throat culture. This means that if your test is negative, you could still have an infection from another type of bacterium or virus.

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