How to use the test kit?
Your syphilis self-test kit contains a finger prick test consisting of three small lancets and a collection tube. Wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly, before taking your sample. Use either the 3rd or 4th finger on your non-writing hand, cleaning it with the alcotip swab provided.
If you are squeamish, or anxious at the sight of blood, you may need a friend to help you. Twist and pull out the purple stick from one of the lancets. Place it on your fingertip and press the button at the end. A small drop of blood should form as the skin of your fingertip is punctured. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time, you have three lancets to try in total.
Use a clean tissue to wipe the first drop away, and gently massage the side of your finger until another drop forms, using your other hand to do this. Catch the blood inside the collection tube. Fill the tube to the upper line, using an additional lancet on another finger if you need to.
Once you’re done, screw the lid to securely close the collection tube, and use the plaster provided to stop your fingertip from bleeding. Write your details clearly on the label provided in the pack and stick it to the sample tube, which you should place into the protective wallet, and then inside the prepaid envelope, along with any used lancets. Post this envelope at any UK post box or post office, and safely discard any unused parts of the test.
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