H. pylori

What is Helicobacter pylori / H. pylori

H. pylori is a spiral-shaped bacteria that grows in the digestive tract and often attacks the stomach lining. H. pylori infections are usually harmless, but most ulcers in the stomach and small intestine are caused by H. pylori. A stool test for H. pylori detects H. pylori antigen in a stool sample and can confirm a current infection.

Why test Helicobacter pylori / H. pylori?

Testing is used to diagnose an infection due to the bacteria and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment given.  H. Pylori infection is associated with an increased risk of developing ulcers (peptic ulcer disease), chronic gastritis, and gastric (stomach) cancer.

Gastrointestinal upset
Symptoms include abdominal pain, black stools, unexplained weight loss, indigestion, fullness, bloating, nausea or belching.

You have been diagnosed with H. pylori and want to check that treatment was effective.

Health History
A person close to you has tested positive for H. pylori, which can be passed on through saliva and feces.

What do the results mean?

A negative test means that you do not have H. pylori antigen in your stool.

If a person does not have H. pylori antigen in the stool, this means that a current H. pylori infection is unlikely but cannot rule out previous infection.  

A positive test means that you have H. pylori antigen in your stool, which suggests a current infection.

More information
We offer this test because in our experience people whose symptoms have gone undiagnosed after visiting a doctor have received help after doing their own testing. This test should never replace the care of your own doctor, particularly if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above.

No advance preparation is required for this test.  Remember to take ID with you when going to take a test.

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