Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV
Male - this test provides a pot to collect a urine sample at home, which is then checked for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. A simple finger-prick blood test is used to detect HIV and Syphilis. (It does not test for throat and rectal infections; these can be bought separately).
Female - this test provides you with a vaginal swab which is easy to use. This swab is tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea from the vagina. A simple finger-prick blood test is used to detect HIV and Syphilis. (It does not test for throat and rectal infections; these can be bought separately).
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.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. You can catch it during vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. It is typical for syphilis to cause painless sores during the early stages of infection. If it is left untreated, it can spread to various organs and cause severe complications. Early treatment is essential to prevent syphilis from causing serious damage to your inner organs and brain.
HIV - The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is transmitted during sex or when sharing needles with an infected person. It is important that you get tested if you believe that you may have caught HIV. Early treatment allows patients to lead an almost normal life with a normal life expectancy. If the infection is not treated early on, however, the virus spreads and damages your immune system.
HIV testing is recommended if you have had unprotected sex with a partner who may have it or if you have shared needles on any occasion. In most cases, HIV transmission happens during vaginal or anal sex. However, it is also possible to catch it during oral sex. If you think that you could be HIV positive you should make sure to get tested six weeks after the incident.
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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.