Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that people can get by having sex with someone who is infected. There are many different kinds of STIs, such as chlamydia, herpes, HPV, syphilis, and gonorrhea, but there are many other kinds as well. STIs are much more common than you think. Anyone who has sex can get an STI and it can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

Common STI symptoms include: sores on the genitals, discharge, itching, a burning sensation during urination, dark or smelly urine, strange rashes or spots on your body, bumps, blisters, warts, or lesions on the genitals, unusual odors, and white spots in your pubic hair.

Remember: many STIs do not show symptoms. STIs can make you unable to have children or cause birth defects or diseases in babies. Some STIs are painful and a few can even kill you.

Most STIs, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, are curable if detected early. However, some like HIV and herpes are not and can only be managed, but NOT cured.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Panel.

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Organism List:

Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma genitalium.

Clinical Utility:

Retrogen's Sexually Transmitted Infections program utilizes Thermo-Fisher's patented TaqMan technology, providing accurate diagnostic testing to identify and discriminate among 5 pathogens known to be responsible for STIs. The program only requires a single, non-invasive sample collection, has a very short turnaround time, and provides your referring physician a detailed, comprehensive report that leads to actionable decisions and forward treatment options.


Retrogen's laboratory methodology uses the TaqMan® genotyping assay with PCR and allelic-specific primer extension (ARMS) to identify the pathogens present in vaginal swabs.

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24-48 hours.

Vaginal swab.

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