If you want to check whether you have the sexually transmitted infections chlamydia or gonorrhoea, order our home test kit. The test is simple to use.
For men, it is a small urine test. We will send you a sample pot and a prepaid envelope. Simply capture some urine in the sample pot and post it to our partner laboratory using the self-addressed envelope that comes with the test.
For women, it is a simple 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.
For both types of test, you will receive your results within 2-3 days of your sample reaching the lab.
When to test
You may choose to do this test as a general health check, to make sure you don't have chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Some people choose to take the test when they meet a new partner.
If you are testing because you have recently had unprotected sex and are worried you might have caught chlamydia or gonorrhoea, you should wait at least 2 weeks after the incident before testing. The infections take some time to show up and are unlikely to be detected if you take the test within 2 weeks of the incident.
How the test works
The test is a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test which can detect a short sequence of DNA or RNA from samples containing only tiny quantities of DNA or RNA. The PCR method makes the test more effective at detecting the presence of an infection.
Once you’ve taken the sample, you send it back to our laboratory in a pre-paid envelope that we include in with the kit. (This doesn’t cost anything extra). We will contact you within 2-3 days of your sample reaching the lab with your results.
The test will pick up genital chlamydia and genital gonorrhoea, but it won’t identify either infection in your anus or your throat. A swab test option is available for detection of Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea in the throat.
It is best to wait until two weeks after you think you might have been exposed to either infection to do the test.
If you do the test before two weeks have passed, it will probably be too soon for the test to pick up any sign of infection. The test doesn’t check for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We do sell an extended STI test kit though, so you might want to consider that option.
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection. It is also very easy to treat with antibiotics. Unfortunately, there are very few chlamydia symptoms. In fact, sometimes it is completely symptomless. This means that people can have chlamydia without realising it. Chlamydia can cause serious health issues if it is left untreated. It can lead to infertility and (in women) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. For this reason, if there is a chance that you might have contracted chlamydia, it is better to do a quick test to check.
Gonorrhoea - Like chlamydia, gonorrhoea is common and easy to treat with an antibiotic injection. Also like chlamydia, gonorrhoea often doesn’t have many symptoms. For men the most common symptom is pain during urination and, sometimes, a discharge from the tip of the penis.
Women may find it even more difficult to notice the symptoms, but they can also experience pain when urinating and a vaginal discharge. If gonorrhoea is left untreated it can lead to serious complications with the reproductive system, including (in women) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
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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.