Strep Throat Test

This test checks for a specific type of bacteria, Group A Streptococcus, in the throat.

This test checks for a specific type of bacteria, Group A Streptococcus, in the throat.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by Group A Streptococcus. A strep throat test is done to check for the presence of Group A Strep in the throat. Strep throat is most common in late fall, winter and early spring.

To test for strep throat, your healthcare provider will use a swab to collect a sample from the back of your throat.

  • Healthcare providers can do a rapid strep test that gives initial results in minutes. If the rapid test is positive, treatment with antibiotics can begin right away.
  • A second sample may be taken and sent to a lab to see if the Strep bacteria grow over a period of days. This test may be done to verify the results of the rapid test.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?


Also known as:

Throat Culture
Strep Throat Test
Strep Throat - Group A Strep
Strep Throat
Sore Throat
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