Candida Auris Testing
Why am I being tested for C. auris?
You may have come in contact with C. auris while you were in this or another healthcare facility.
To keep the fungus from spreading, we are testing patients to see if they are now carrying the fungus. You may be carrying it on your skin without having an infection or symptoms of an infection. This is called colonization.
Fortunately, most people who carry C. auris do not get sick from it.
Getting tested for C. auris helps our healthcare facility and the health department prevent the fungus from spreading in the facility and in the community.
What should I expect if I get tested?
- The nurse or doctor will wipe or rub a cotton swab on the skin near your armpits and the area where your leg joins your body (groin). The test is not painful.
- The swab will be sent to a lab, and in 1 to 2 weeks, the lab will tell your doctor the results.
- If the test shows you are carrying the fungus, then your nurse or doctor will talk to you about the results and what to do next.