If you want to check whether you have caught either of the sexually transmitted infections chlamydia or gonorrhea, order our home test kit. The test is simple to use.
For men, it is a 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 straightforward swab test. The swab looks a bit like a long cotton bud and comes with a diagram showing you how to use it, a tube to protect it and a prepaid envelope for you to send it to our partner laboratory.
For both types of test, you will receive your test kit within 5-7 working days and your results within 3-5 days of your sample reaching the lab.
This home test kit for men is a urine sample that you will provide and send back to our partner laboratory. The home test kit for women is a swab test, because for women a swab test provides more reliable results than a urine test. Everything you need, including a pre-paid envelope to return the sample, is provided with the kit.
The test will detect whether you have chlamydia or gonorrhea and is almost always accurate.
You may choose to do this test as a general health check, to make sure you don't have chlamydia or gonorrhea. 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 gonorrhea, 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.
The test detects the presence of the following infections:
The test does not detect the presence of these infections in your throat or anus. If you have had unprotected anal or oral sex visit your local GUM clinic to get tested for anal or oral gonorrhea.
The test is a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test which is a method for analysing a short sequence of DNA or RNA from samples containing only minute quantities of DNA or RNA.
The PCR method makes the test more effective at detecting the presence of an infection.
We send you a test kit out in the post. Our packaging is very neutral, so no one will know what it is. For men, the test is a urine sample. For women it is a swab test, because for women a swab test provides more reliable results than a urine test.
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. It is included in the price of the test.)
We will contact you within 3-5 days of your sample reaching the lab with your results.
The test will pick up genital chlamydia and genital gonorrhea, but it won’t identify either infection in your anus or your throat. If you are worried about that, speak to a doctor. 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 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, chlamydia has very few 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.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is common and easy to treat with antibiotics. Also like chlamydia, gonorrhea often doesn’t have many symptoms. For men the most common symptom is pain when urinating 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 gonorrhea is left untreated it can lead to serious complications with the reproductive system, including (in women) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.