Our platinum STI test kit checks for a range of infections including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas, Herpes I/II and Gardnerella.
For men, the test is a simple to use urine test and you simply capture some urine in the sample pot we will send you. Post it to our partner laboratory using the self-addressed envelope we send you.
For women, it is a straightforward swab test. The swab looks a bit like a cotton bud and comes with a diagram showing you how to use it and a prepaid envelope for you to send it to our partner laboratory.
If you have unprotected sex or think you might have caught a STI, you should wait 14 days before taking the test. It takes up to two weeks for symptoms to appear. You will receive your results within 4-5 days of your sample reaching the lab.
The test is a PCR test which is the most accurate method of identifying infections from urine or swab samples.
When to Test
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas, Herpes I/II and Gardnerella - these infections can take up to 2 weeks to show on a test, so in order to detect them you should wait at least 2 weeks after you think you contracted them to test for them.
How does the test work?
The urine or swab test will check whether you have Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Herpes or four other common infections that can be sexually transmitted (Mycoplasma, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma and Gardnerella Vaginalis). We send you a test kit out through the post. It arrives in a discrete plain packaged parcel, so no one could tell what’s inside without opening it.
*This kit may not detect herpes if you do not have active lesions at the time of testing. If you are concerned that you might have herpes, we would recommend that you take a swab test of the area, using a test that is specifically designed for herpes detection.
You send your urine or swab sample to our laboratory in the pre-paid envelope that comes with the kit. The test only checks for genital infections. It won’t tell you whether you have any of these infections in your throat or rectum (back passage). If you’re concerned about that, see a doctor.
We contact you within 4-5 days of your sample reaching the lab with your results.
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection that often has no symptoms.People frequently don’t realise they have it. It is very easily treated with a course of antibiotics. If left untreated though, it can cause serious complications in the reproductive system, including fertility problems and, in women, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and increased risk of miscarriage.
Gonorrhoea is also a very common sexually transmitted infection. It often doesn’t have obvious symptoms, but where there are symptoms these normally include pain when urinating and a discharge (from the tip of the penis in men and from the vagina in women). It can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated it causes serious health complications, like fertility problems and, in women, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Genital Herpes is a viral infection. It is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. It results in painful blisters on the genitals.
Trichomonas is normally symptomless in men, but women often experience a vaginal discharge as a result. It is caused by a tiny germ, called a protozoa.
Mycoplasma affects men and women. It is caused by a tiny parasitic bacterium.
Gardnerella Vaginalis is associated with Bacterial Vaginosis and can cause a fishy smelling, greyish coloured vaginal discharge in women and urethritis (an inflammation of the urethra) in men. If you test positive for this, you only need to treat it if you’ve got symptoms.
Ureaplasma commonly occurs in the sexually active population. Most people who are infected with it have no problems, but it can cause urethritis (an inflammation of the urethra).
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Our top tips on how to do your STI test
For blood tests:
- Blood flows easier when your hands are warm, so perhaps take the test after a hot shower or bath or hold your hand under warm water for a few minutes.
- Stay standing and keep your arm straight with your hand below your waist
- Aim for the middle of the tip of your finger, not too close to your fingernail
- Push lancet down hard against your finger
- Wipe the first dot of blood away with a clean tissue to stop the blood congealing
- If your finger dries up, wait a while, warm up your hand, use another finger and make sure you press the lancet down hard against your finger.
Tips from people who have completed test kits.
- Relax and be patient and if you’re nervous, ask someone to help you.
- Watch the instruction video and read the instruction leaflet.
- Tying your long hair back can make things easier.
- Remove scarves and jewellery so they can’t get in the way.
- Lay the test kit items and your two tissues on a clean, flat surface.