Our extended STI (sexually transmitted infection) test kit checks for a range of infections including chlamydia, gonorrhea, *herpes and four other relatively common infections.
For men, the test is a simple to use urine test. Simply capture some urine in the sample pot we will send you, and 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 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.
If you have unprotected sex or think you might have caught a STD, you should wait 14 days before taking the test. It takes up to two weeks for symptoms to appear. You will receive your test kit within 3-5 working days of placing your order and your results within 4-5 days of your sample reaching the lab.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours please visit your local GUM clinic immediately.
The test is a PCR test which is the most accurate method of identifying infections from urine or swab samples.
The urine or swab test will check whether you have Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes or four other common sexually transmitted infections (Mycoplasma, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma and Gardnerella Vaginalis). We send you a test kit out through the post.
It arrives in a discretely 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 back 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 anus. 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 is often symptomless so 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.
Gonorrhea 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 is easy to treat 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 or cold sore virus. It results in painful blisters (cold sores) 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, like a bacteria.
Mycoplasma affects men and women. It is caused by a tiny parasitic bacterium. Gardnerella Vaginalis, also known as Bacterial Vaginosis, 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. It is common to find the bacterium Ureaplasma 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).