Swabbing 101

   You could have an STI and not know.

Not swabbing? Yikes!

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Over 80% of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections are missed by relying on just urine and blood lab testing. Canadian guidelines for proper PrEP care recommend swabbing all sites at risk. This includes offering throat and rectal swabs. 

And yet, many PrEP services don’t provide swabbing at all! This leads to false confidence of your STI status and spread within the community.

We are the ONLY online PrEP service that offers consistent swab testing and have always offered this since launching Ontario’s Original Service in 2019. 

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Let's get into the FACTS.

Urine testing is not enough. Why?

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two common sexually transmitted bacterial infections. Often only a urine test is ordered to test for these but for many people this may not be enough. A urine test only checks that specific part of your body and doesn’t tell you if the bacteria is anywhere else. (Blood testing doesn't check for gonorrhea or chlamydia.)

You should always ask for swabs.

If you are performing oral sex or bottoming during anal sex, make sure to ask your care provider for swab testing. Heteronormative care providers may not offer these. As the only online PrEP service that is LGBTQ+ owned and operated we make sure you get the right care.

You might not even realize...

A person can test negative in their urine but still have it in their throat - or in their rectum. Sometimes people don’t even have symptoms in those parts of the body so they can pass it on to other people without realizing. The only way to know for sure is to get a throat and rectal swab. For >80% of patients who show these infections in their swabs, it does not appear in their urine test result and would be missed.

False confidence is real.

Unfortunately, without swabbing there will be missed diagnoses and false confidence of your STI status - this all increases the spread. Canadian guidelines for proper PrEP care recommend swabbing all sites at risk.

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