- Accurately tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV
- Results are available within three working days of your sample arriving at the lab
- Discreet packaging and free postage
About the STI check
Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea:
Chlamydia is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and Gonorrhoea by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. While they don’t necessarily cause symptoms or signs of the infection, they can both lead to serious health issues if left untreated.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are passed from person to person through sexual contact. This includes any contact with infected semen/ejaculate/pre-ejaculate/discharge in the throat, vagina or rectum. These infections are commonly spread through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex, or sharing sex toys. Moreover, because of the lack of symptoms in some people, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are very easily passed on to sexual partners without realising it.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system, so they cannot fight off infections. Most people living with HIV have no obvious signs or symptoms and so you cannot tell who has the virus. A few weeks after infection, many people have flu-like symptoms e.g. fever, rash, sore throat. You can only be certain about whether you are HIV positive or negative by testing.
HIV is passed from person to person in a variety of ways including through sexual contact. Men and women can have and transmit HIV and it is spread from person to person during oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom, through sharing sex toys and using a needle/injecting equipment that has already been used by someone else. HIV is passed from person to person through infected blood, semen/ejaculate/pre-ejaculate, vaginal and anal fluids.
|Infections tested for|
|Required samples||A urine sample (for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea)|
A saliva sample (for HIV)
The test contains full instructions on how to take these samples.
|Who is this test for?|
• You do NOT have any symptoms
If you have symptoms, we recommend attending your local sexual health clinic
|When should I NOT take this test?|
• You think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours
If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, you should seek URGENT medical advice from your local sexual health clinic, GP or Accident & Emergency, as HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may be recommended.
If you have symptoms, you should NOT use this service. You require a face to face assessment at your local sexual health clinic or GP.
If you have recently tested positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea, you should contact the service that did this test for further advice.
If you have tested positive for HIV in the past, you can purchase one of our test kits that does not test for HIV.
|When do I need to take the test?|
Tests done too early may not be accurate.
The ‘window period’ (time period between potential exposure to an STI eg. sex without a condom, and the point when the test will give you an accurate result) is different for the 3 STIs being tested:
• Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea: 2 weeks
However, if you think you might have an STI, you can test immediately and repeat the test after the window period (you will need to purchase 2 test kits for this).
|How do I access my test result?|
If your test result is ‘negative’ we'll upload the results into your Patient Record, which you can access by logging in through our website.
If your HIV result is 'reactive' (i.e. potentially positive) or indeterminant, we will phone you to discuss these results with you. If we cannot get through, we will send you a message asking that you at arrange a telephone consultation through your patient record as soon as possible. We may also need to contact you if your sample is labelled incorrectly.
If you test positive for Chlamydia we will offer you free antibiotic treatment, provided that it is clinically appropriate.
If you test positive for Gonorrhoea then we will advise you to attend your local sexual health clinic for further advice and treatment.
|How long will I have to wait for the result?||Test results are normally ready within 3 working days of your sample arriving at our partner laboratory. You will receive a text and an email when your result is ready.|