Sexually Transmitted Infections Panel

A STI PCR Panel is a laboratory test that can detect multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by analyzing the DNA of the pathogens that cause them. PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, which is a technique that can amplify small amounts of DNA in a sample. A STI PCR Panel can test for infections such as syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. 

To perform a STI PCR Panel, a sample of blood, urine, or swab from the genital area is collected and sent to a lab. The lab then uses primers, which are short DNA sequences that match the target DNA of the pathogens, to find and copy the DNA in the sample. The amount of target DNA increases exponentially with each cycle of PCR, until there is enough to analyze. The lab then uses different methods to identify the pathogens based on their DNA. 

A STI PCR Panel is a useful tool for screening and diagnosing STIs, as it can provide accurate and rapid results. It can also detect infections that may not cause symptoms or may be difficult to culture. However, a STI PCR Panel may not be able to detect all types of STIs, such as herpes or HPV, which may require different tests. Therefore, it is important to consult with a health care provider about the best testing options for your situation.