Swabbing 101

You could have an STI and not know.

Not swabbing? Yikes!

Canadian guidelines for proper PrEP care recommend swabbing all sites at risk. And yet, many PrEP services don’t provide swabbing at all! As the only queer-owned online PrEP service, we care about the community and make sure that every one of our patients get all the right tests in all the right places. 

We are the ONLY online PrEP service that offers 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. As the only queer-owned online PrEP service we care about the community. We are the ONLY online PrEP service that offers swab testing and have always offered this since launching Ontario's Original Service in 2019.

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, some other services will miss diagnosing their patients as a result and give you 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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Our experienced team is thorough and makes sure you always get the right tests and proper care. 

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We are the #1 Ontario-wide PrEP service family doctors and health clinics refer their patients to (although no referral is required).

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