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