H. pylori testing

Beware of being misled!

The most commonly prescribed H. pylori Blood test will show positive for traces of H. pylori, long after the bacterium has actually been treated successfully. If the results of a blood test are used after you have been on any treatment, you could end up taking a further treatment which you don't actually need. The most shocking part of this is that many thousands of people are unwittingly caught in this trap.

Pre-Treatment Tests

The sole purpose of any H. pylori test is to detect an infection or presence of H. pylori bacteria in your stomach and upper part of your small intestine (duodenum).

It is important to note that if you have never been treated for a H. pylori infection, then all the tests we discuss below can be relied upon for an accurate assessment of a current infection.

This is because it is virtually impossible to overcome an H. pylori infection without some form of treatment .

So if any of these tests reveal traces of H. pylori, then there is a high probability of a current infection.

Post-Treatment Tests

The real problems with most tests present themselves when most of these tests are used after you have completed a treatment.

Keep reading, and learn why the one test that most doctors use, produces very misleading/false results - up to 2 years AFTER a successful treatment.

Misleading results may prompt your doctor into prescribing further unnecessary medication to treat what is in fact, a now nonexistent infection.

5 different types of H. pylori tests - yet only 2 are reliable.

1. Blood antibody tests - be extra careful with these!

A blood test checks for the presence of H. pylori antibodies, not for the bacteria itself. The biggest disadvantage of this test is quite simply;

"Blood Tests cannot differentiate between a past infection and the current status of an H. pylori infection..."

Even after H. pylori bacteria have been treated, H. pylori antibodies may sometimes still be present in the blood for 12 - 18 months after a successful treatment. This means that you will test positive (for antibodies) when you are actually negative after receiving treatment. In view of this, Blood Testing is considered to be the most inconclusive test that can be used to determine if a treatment has been successful or not. 

DO NOT USE an H. pylori Blood Test within 18 months of your last treatment! - This is because antibodies remain in the blood for between 12 to 18 months after the H.pylori bacterium has been successfully treated. In short this means that a Blood Test is only showing what your H. pylori status was - up to 18 months before the test.

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE  - If you have NEVER been treated for H. pylori a Blood test CAN be useful! If you suspect you are infected with H. pylori, and if you have never been treated for H. pylori before, and you test positive with a Blood Test - then you are extremely likely to be infected with H. pylori. Obviously this means that you will need to start seeking effective treatment. 
ALSO!! If  you test negative with a blood test, you can rest assured that you are not infected with H. pylori. 

2. Urea breath test

A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria in your stomach. It involves using a radioactive carbon atom to detect H. pylori bacteria.

The breath test is not always available and the results are often inconsistent. This a very expensive test, and our research has shown that this is not the best H. pylori test to go for. The inconsistency of the breath test has been proved when running a breath test concurrently with a H. pylori Stool Antigen test, or a GI-MAP stool test, on the same patient.

3. Stomach biopsy test

A small sample (biopsy) is taken from the lining of your stomach and small intestine during an endoscopy. Several different tests may be done on the biopsy sample. Most biopsy tests produce inconsistent results, and depend on the testing facility or laboratory used. This has been proved time and again when running biopsy tests concurrently with an HpSA test, or a GI-MAP stool test, on the same patient.


4. Stool antigen test (HpSA test)

Also known as the HPSA test, this test provides the most conclusive evidence of the presence of H. pylori bacteria. The stool antigen test checks to see if substances that trigger the immune system to fight a H. pylori infection (H. pylori antigens) are present in your feces (stool).

Stool antigen testing may be done to help support a diagnosis of a current H. pylori infection or to determine whether treatment for a H. pylori infection has been successful.

We recommend this test after you have been treated - it produces a simple yet very accurate result of your H. pylori status - either a positive or negative result will be given.

The HPSA test is one of the two safest and most accurate H. pylori tests. Retesting for H. pylori should be done at least 4 - 6 weeks after treatment has been completed.

5. GI-MAP Stool Test

The Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) is an innovative clinical tool that measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample with state of the art, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR or real-time PCR) technology.

Like the HpSA test, it is extremely accurate, with a numerical value being given (as opposed to a simple positive or negative result).
A result of  <1.0e3 (less than 1000) CFU/g means the treatment has worked and no further treatment is required.
A result of >1.0e3 (greater than 1000) CFU/g means you are still infected and will require further treatment.

Retesting  should be done 4 - 6 weeks after treatment has been completed.

Getting the Results

The time taken to get results varies from test to test as follows;

  •   Results from the urea breath test, stool antigen (HpSA) test, and Gi-MAP test are generally available within a few hours.
  •   Results from a blood antibody test are usually available within 24 hours.
  •   Results from biopsy samples obtained by endoscopy usually available within 48 hours.
  •   Results from a biopsy sample that is cultured can take up to 10 days.
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