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Male Enhanced STI Test

This test identifies genital chlamydia, genital gonorrhoea and HIV. It's possible to be infected and show no symptoms, so it's important to get tested if you think you've been exposed. The sooner chlamydia and gonorrhoea are treated, the lower the risk of long term complications. The sooner HIV is identified the more effective treatment will be.

Key Features
  • Accurately tests for genital chlamydia, genital gonorrhoea and HIV via a simple urine and saliva sample
  • Results are available within three working days of your sample arriving at the lab
  • Discreet packaging and free postage

About Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through sexual contact. It is one of the most common STIs in Ireland, with the number of cases rising sharply (it currently affects approximately 1 in 20 sexually active women, and 1 in 12 women aged 20). This rapid increase is partly due to the fact that many people with chlamydia don’t display any symptoms (50% of men, and 70% of women). However, if left untreated in men, chlamydia can lead to inflammation of the urethra, which in turn can cause pain, fever and infertility.

Gonorrhoea is another common STI in Ireland, although less common than chlamydia. Similarly to chlamydia, it can lead to infertility if left untreated and is often symptomless – up to 50% of women and 10% of men will display no symptoms. Untreated gonorrhoea can cause men to develop infections in the testicles and prostate gland.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are both usually transmitted through having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. However, they can also be passed by sharing sex toys, or genital contact. HIV is usually transmitted through unprotected vaginal or anal sex but can also be passed on through unprotected oral sex, sharing sex toys, sharing infected needles and other injecting material.

Enhanced STI test kit FAQs

What STIs are tested for?

This test identifies genital chlamydia, genital gonorrhoea and HIV. It will not look for any infection in your throat or rectum.
When should I take this test?

You should wait 14 weeks since possible exposure as it is unlikely that the test will detect HIV infections before this. However chlamydia and gonorrhoea can be detected two weeks after possible exposure.

When should I not take this test?

If you are experiencing or subsequently develop severe pain, redness or swelling in the testicles or pain in the lower abdomen then you should NOT use this service and go straight to your local sexual health clinic or see a doctor, as these symptoms require urgent assessment and treatment.

It is not advised that you repeat the test for chlamydia within six weeks of taking treatment following a positive result.

What do I need to do?

You will need to take a urine and saliva sample. You then post the samples to the lab in the pre-paid packaging provided. The test contains full instructions on what you need to do.

How long will I have to wait for my results?

Your test results should be ready within three working days of your sample arriving at the lab. You will receive an email (and a text if you opted in) when your results are ready.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive for chlamydia we will provide you with a free prescription for chlamydia treatment if clinically suitable. For gonorrhoea you will need to see your local doctor for treatment and our doctors will advise you what on to do next. If you test "reactive" this means that there is a possibility you have HIV, however the test might have simply reacted with the flu or cold virus, so you will need to have further tests. A reactive result does not mean that you definitely have HIV and one of our doctors will telephone you to advise on what to do next. If you have any questions or concerns you can message our doctors at any time and they will respond within one working day.

Will you tell anyone my results?Your test results are confidential. We will not inform your GP or anyone else of your result, or that you have used our service, unless you specifically ask us to.  However, please note that if you test positive for these STIs, we are legally bound to notify details to the Medical Officer of Health for the County in which you live. For further information see our Privacy Policy.

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