Syphilis, HIV And Hepatitis B / C Test Kit
Buy a bloodborne STI test kit
This easy to use test kit allows you to get tested for:
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
in the comfort of your home. The kit comprises of a fine needle, with which you will prick your finger to take a small blood sample.
We provide the test kit as well as a prepaid envelope, so you can send your sample to the laboratory for free. Your results will become available in your patient record within three days of your sample reaching the laboratory. We will notify you via email or phone when your results are available.
Discreet service – delivery and return postage included.
1 test kit - £74.99
About the bloodborne STI test kit
As all four infections are bloodborne, you need to provide a blood sample to get tested. The home test for syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B / C therefore involves you taking a small blood sample, using a fine needle to prick your finger (included in your test kit). The laboratory will use your sample to analyse it for evidence of any of these infections.
It's important that you get tested at the right time. Some infections can only be diagnosed several weeks after exposure. If you get tested too early, you run the risk of getting a false negative, ie. a negative test result even though you have contracted the disease.
If you think there is a high risk that you have been exposed to any of these infections (e.g. through sexual contact, blood, or sharing needles with someone who may be infected), it is essential that you see a nurse or doctor immediately. Please contact your GP, Sexual Health Clinic, or A and E department.
Please note: it can take up to 13 weeks for these infections to be detected in a sexual health screen. If you do the test before 13 weeks have passed since the incident, you should confirm any negative results at a later date by repeating the test.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. It usually causes painless sores during the early stages of infection, followed by a period without any symptoms. If syphilis is not treated it can cause damage to your inner organs. As the disease progresses, it can lead to brain damage and dementia.
Syphilis can effectively be treated with antibiotics. If you have had unprotected sex and are worried that you may have contracted syphilis you should get tested to ensure that the infection is not left untreated.
Syphilis is transmitted during sex but it can also be transmitted when sharing needles or sex toys.
HIV is a viral infection which often goes unnoticed during the early stages. With patients being unaware that they carry HIV, it is easily passed on to sexual partners. While you may not experience any symptoms of HIV for several years, early treatment is vital to prevent the disease from progressing and developing into AIDS.
AIDS occurs when the HIV virus has damaged your immune system. Patients suffering from AIDS suffer from numerous so-called “opportunistic infections” which their immune system is unable to fend off.
With early treatment, the HIV virus can be controlled to prevent AIDS. The longer the infection remains undiagnosed and untreated the less positive is the outlook for the patient.
Hepatitis B is transmitted when the blood or body fluid of an infected person enters your bloodstream, for example during sex or when sharing needles. During the early stages, the infection often remains symptomless, which makes it difficult to spot. If hepatitis B is not diagnosed it can become chronic and eventually lead to liver damage.
There is a very effective vaccine for hepatitis B, which is routinely given to healthcare professionals who have a high risk of getting in contact with blood. It is also recommended for travellers going to a country where hepatitis B is very common, especially if they will be in close contact with the local population.
In countries where awareness of hygiene is very low, there is also a risk of contracting hepatitis B during medical procedures, especially if needles and other equipment are not sterilised properly.
Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C is caused by a virus. It can be contracted when sharing needles and commonly affects drug users who do not use clean needles. Men who have sex with men are also believed to have an increased risk of contracting hepatitis C.
The infection often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms until it has caused liver damage. Some patients fight the virus off within the first six months without sustaining any permanent damage. More commonly, however, the infection becomes chronic.
In certain regions of the world, hepatitis C is more common than in the UK. This goes for North Africa, the Middle East, Central and East Asia.
Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos graduated from the University of London in 2006. He did his postgraduate training in hospitals in the London area, and he trained for four years in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery before completing his training in General practice in 2015.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 19 Mar 2019
Zava offers a convenient and discreet service to test for sexually transmitted infections. You will receive your test kit by post. Follow the instructions provided with the test kit and collect a sample (depending on the test kit this could be a blood, saliva, urine sample or genital swab). The test kit comes with an envelope, ready to send to our partner laboratory which will analyse your sample. Once your result has come back, you will be able to view it in your secure Zava account. We will never send medical or personal information via email.