STD Urinary Tract Infection Panel

The STD Urinary Tract Infection Panel panel contains 2 tests with 29 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The STD Urinary Tract Infection Panel is a targeted diagnostic tool designed to identify sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, alongside assessing overall urinary tract health through a Urinalysis Complete test. This panel facilitates the early detection of common STIs and urinary tract infections (UTIs), allowing for timely treatment and management.

Collection Method: Urine Collection

Specimen Type: Urine

Test Preparation: Specimen should be collected mid-stream to minimize contamination and improve accuracy. The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

When and Why the Panel May Be Ordered

Healthcare providers may order this panel for individuals experiencing symptoms of STIs or UTIs, such as pain during urination, unusual discharge, or abdominal pain. It is also recommended for routine screening in sexually active individuals, especially those with new or multiple partners, to ensure early identification and treatment of infections.

What the STD Urinary Tract Infection Panel Checks For

  • Chlamydia: A bacterial infection that can affect both men and women, often presenting with minimal symptoms but capable of causing serious reproductive health issues if untreated.
  • Gonorrhea: Another bacterial STI that may lead to similar symptoms as chlamydia and can result in significant complications without prompt treatment.
  • Urinalysis Complete: This test evaluates various components of urine to detect signs of UTIs, kidney disorders, and other conditions affecting the urinary tract.

Detected Conditions and Diseases

The panel is crucial for diagnosing:

  • Chlamydia: Often asymptomatic, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and ectopic pregnancy if left untreated.
  • Gonorrhea: Symptoms might be mild or mimic other infections; untreated, it can cause PID, infertility, and can disseminate to affect joints and heart valves.
  • Urinary Tract Infections: Identified through urinalysis, symptoms include frequent urination, pain, and cloudy urine. UTIs can lead to more severe kidney infections if not addressed.

Clinical Application of Panel Results

Healthcare professionals utilize the panel results to:

  • Diagnose and Treat STIs: Promptly identifying and treating STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea to prevent complications.
  • Manage UTIs: Using urinalysis results to diagnose UTIs, guiding appropriate antibiotic therapy.
  • Monitor Treatment Efficacy: Assessing the effectiveness of treatment regimens for STIs and UTIs and adjusting as necessary.

The STD Urinary Tract Infection Panel is an essential tool in sexual health and urinary tract health management. By combining tests for common STIs with a comprehensive urinalysis, this panel supports the early detection and treatment of infections, ultimately contributing to better reproductive and urinary health outcomes.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Also known as: ChlamydiaNeisseria gonorrhoeae RNA TMA, CT/GC APTIMA®, CT/GC TMA, CT/NG APTIMA®, CT/NG TMA, Hologic

Chlamydia Trachomatis

This test is looking for evidence of infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. About 75% of infected women and 50% of infected men have no symptoms; some may experience only mild symptoms. For women, symptoms, if they occur, include bleeding between menstrual periods and after sexual intercourse, abdominal pain, painful intercourse, and an abnormal vaginal discharge. For men, symptoms include pus or milky discharge from the penis and inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) or of the rectal area (proctitis). Both sexes can experience painful or frequent urination.

Neisseria Gonorrhoeae

The test is looking for presence of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 700,000 people in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. While many men with gonorrhea will experience symptoms, most women do not, or will mistake gonorrhea symptoms for a bladder or other vaginal infection. For men, symptoms usually appear within 2 to 5 days of infection but can take up to 30 days. Women who experience symptoms usually do so within 10 days of infection.

Also known as: UA, Complete, Urinalysis UA Complete, Urine Analysis, Complete

Amorphous Sediment

Appearance

Bacteria

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Bilirubin

Bilirubin is a yellowish pigment found in bile, a fluid made by the liver. A small amount of older red blood cells are replaced by new blood cells every day. Bilirubin is left after these older blood cells are removed. The liver helps break down bilirubin so that it can be removed from the body in the stool.

Calcium Oxalate Crystals

Calcium oxalate is a chemical compound that forms envelope-shaped crystals. A major constituent of human kidney stones.

Casts

Urinary casts are cylindrical structures produced by the kidney and present in the urine in certain disease states. They form in the distal convoluted tubule and collecting ducts of nephrons, then dislodge and pass into the urine, where they can be detected by microscopy.

Color

Crystals

Abnormal crystals may appear in urine as a result of pathology or due to normal catabolism

Glucose

A blood glucose test measures the amount of a sugar called glucose in a sample of your blood. Glucose is a major source of energy for most cells of the body, including those in the brain. The hormones insulin and glucagon help control blood glucose levels.

Granular Cast

The second-most common type of cast, granular casts can result either from the breakdown of cellular casts or the inclusion of aggregates of plasma proteins (e.g., albumin) or immunoglobulin light chains. Depending on the size of inclusions, they can be classified as fine or coarse, though the distinction has no diagnostic significance. Their appearance is generally more cigar-shaped and of a higher refractive index than hyaline casts. While most often indicative of chronic renal disease, these casts, as with hyaline casts, can also be seen for a short time following strenuous exercise

Hyaline Cast

Urinary casts are tiny tube-shaped particles. Urinary casts may be made up of white blood cells, red blood cells, kidney cells, or substances such as protein or fat. The most common type of cast, hyaline casts are solidified Tamm-Horsfall mucoprotein secreted from the tubular epithelial cells of individual nephrons. Low urine flow, concentrated urine, or an acidic environment can contribute to the formation of hyaline casts, and, as such, they may be seen in normal individuals in dehydration or vigorous exercise. Hyaline casts are cylindrical and clear, with a low refractive index,

Ketones

Ketones are substances produced in the liver when fat cells break down in the blood. A serum ketone test is a measurement of how many ketones are in the blood.

Leukocyte Esterase

Leukocyte esterase is a urine test to look for white blood cells and other signs associated with infection.

Nitrite

Occult Blood

The test looks for hidden (occult) blood in a specimen sample. It can find blood even if you cannot see it yourself.

Ph

Level of acid

Protein

Body fluids contain many different proteins that serve diverse functions such as transport of nutrients, removal of toxins, control of metabolic processes, and defense against invaders. Protein electrophoresis is a method for separating these proteins based on their size and electrical charge. When body fluids are separated by electrophoresis, they form a characteristic pattern of bands of different widths and intensities, reflecting the mixture of proteins present. This pattern is divided into five fractions, called albumin, alpha 1, alpha 2, beta, and gamma. In some cases, the beta fraction is further divided into beta 1 and beta 2. Albumin, which is produced in the liver, accounts for about 60% of the protein in the blood. "Globulins" is a collective term used to refer to proteins other than albumin. With the exception of the immunoglobulins and some complement proteins, most of the globulins are also produced in the liver. Immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE) is a method used to identify abnormal bands seen on serum, urine, or CSF protein electrophoresis, as to which type of antibody (immunoglobulin) is present.

Rbc

RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen. How much oxygen your body tissues get depends on how many RBCs you have and how well they work.

Reducing Substances

Renal Epithelial Cells

Specific Gravity

Squamous Epithelial Cells

Transitional Epithelial

Triple Phosphate Crystals

Struvite stones (triple phosphate/magnesium ammonium phosphate) - about 10–15% of urinary calculi are composed of struvite (ammonium magnesium phosphate, NH4MgPO4·6H2O).[44] Struvite stones (also known as "infection stones", urease or triple-phosphate stones), form most often in the presence of infection by urea-splitting bacteria

Uric Acid Crystals

Abnormal crystals may appear in urine as a result of pathology or due to normal catabolism

WBC

WBCs help fight infections. They are also called leukocytes. There are five major types of white blood cells: basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes (T cells and B cells), monocytes and neutrophils

YEAST

Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection.
*Process times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. The lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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