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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: Accuracy of urethral swab test

 britc11 - Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:15 pm


I have been suffering from testicle pain which may be epididimytis for about 9 months now. I have had two urethral swap dna probe tests for chlamydia and ghonorea that have both come back negative. How accurate are these tests if the infection is isolated to the epididymis or prostate? Is i possible for the test to be negative and still have a chlamydia infection in the testicles or prostate?

 Theresa Jones, RN - Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:44 pm

User avatar Hi britc11,
Swab tests are accurate essentially when done properly for detecting Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Have you had an evaluation by a urologist because other disorders aside from sexually transmitted diseases may cause epididymitis.
 britc11 - Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:45 pm

yes, I have been seen by 3 urologists so far and looking for a 4th. Ultra sound detected hydorcele on each testicle but so for not a single test has detected any infection. I've read where hydroceles can be a sign of infection. Is it possible to perform a chlamydia test on a semen specimen?


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