- 35% of Americans have H pylori 1
- In the US, H pylori is more prevalent among older adults, African Americans, Hispanics, and lower socioeconomic groups5
- H pylori-related damage can lead to peptic ulcer or gastric cancer for 20–25% of patients2
More than half the world’s population is infected with H pylori.3 It’s the cause of most ulcers (90%), and roughly 25 million Americans suffer from peptic ulcer disease at some point in their lifetime.4
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) guidelines recommend H pylori infection testing for patients with the following conditions and/or circumstances.2,3
If H pylori infection is identified and treated, testing to monitor treatment should be performed using a urea breath test, stool antigen test, or biopsy-based testing.2 We offer resources for your patients to learn more about H pylori testing.
The AGA recently updated its guidelines for H pylori testing, moving away from serologic testing and citing a preference for the urea breath test (UBT) and stool antigen test.2
Recommended by the AGA, both the UBT and stool antigen tests can measure active H pylori infection. They’ve been shown to be substantially similar and can be used interchangeably.7
Stool antigen test:
Quest provides a better, simpler lab experience, allowing you to:
Learn more about our H pylori infection testing.