Would a bacterial std show up if a doctor was doing a urine culture for another reason?

Like if someone had a uti and got a culture done, could stds show up?

I don’t need lectures about being tested by the way, I already do. I just wondered if this would happen, cause it seems to make sense. If not, why?

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3 Responses to “Would a bacterial std show up if a doctor was doing a urine culture for another reason?”

  1. Doxycycline Says:

    STD’s will not show up on a standard urine culture. This is because a urine culture looks for usual run-of-the-mill bacteria such as E Coli and most STD’s are either
    a) a virus which won’t grow on a bacterial culture (e.g. HPV, HIV) or
    b) a non-run-of-the-mill bacteria that has special growth requirements such as gonorrhea or syphilis (and hence won’t grow in a standard bacterial culture) or
    c) a non-run-of-the-mill bacteria that’s very difficult to grow in any conditions such as chlamydia.

    Trichomonas is sometimes detected incidentally when the urine is examined under the microscope – sometimes the doctor will order microscopic examination along with the urine culture and the trichomonas will be discovered that way. It’s a very poor test for detecting trichomonas, however; if it’s found via urine microscopy it’s basically blind luck.

    Urine can be sent for a non-culture test to detect gonorrhea and chlamydia. This is a test that relies on amplification of DNA rather than a culture. It’s quite effective and has potential to replace the old swab method. It’s not a culture test, however.

  2. Skittle Says:

    no. they would have to test for it specificly…

  3. ladyluck Says:

    yes they can catch some of them by urine culture