Our extended STI (sexually transmitted infection) test will check whether you've contracted:
- Genital chlamydia
- Genital gonorrhoea
- Gardnerella vaginalis
This test checks for genital infections only. If you need to test for other infections like HIV, which can only be found via a blood sample, you should consider ordering this full test if you're a woman or this test if you're a man.
About the extended sti test kit
Our extended STI home test kit detects the presence of the following infections:
The test will not detect any of these infections in your throat or anus. 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.
The test is a PCR test which is an accurate method of analysing a short sequence of DNA or RNA, even in urine samples containing only minute quantities of DNA or RNA.
- We will send you a test kit in discreet packaging
- Provide a urine or swab sample in the container we send you
- Post the sample to our partner laboratory using the pre-paid envelope
- We will contact you as soon as your results are ready
- Chlamydia: 2 weeks
- Gonorrhoea: 2 weeks
- Mycoplasma genitalium: 2 weeks
- Trichomonas vaginalis: 2 weeks
- Ureaplasma urelayticum: 2 weeks
- Herpes Type I & II: 2 weeks for swab test
- Gardnerella vaginalis: at the time of symptoms
Some of the infections may not be detected by our extended STI test if you caught the infection within the last 2 to 4 weeks.
If you are worried you may have caught chlamydia or gonorrhoea from a recent incident, we recommend you wait until 2 weeks after the incident to get tested.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours please visit your local sexual health clinic immediately.
You will receive your test kit from us within 1-2 working days of placing your order.
Results are generally available 2 or 3 days after your sample reaches the laboratory.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK, and often shows no symptoms.
Gonorrhoea is also a common STI; symptoms in men are most commonly burning pain when urinating or a discharge from the tip of the penis. In women gonorrhoea often shows no symptoms, but symptoms can include urinating when peeing or a discharge from the vagina.
Herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can cause painful blisters on the genitals and the surrounding areas.
Mycoplasma is caused by a very small parasitic bacterium that can affect both men and women. People often have no symptoms, although men can have symptoms of burning on passing urine, pain in the testes, or needing to pass urine very frequently.
Trichomoniasis is caused by a small organism called a flagellate. The infection leads to a vaginal discharge in women but men often suffer no symptoms at all.
Ureaplasma is a bacterium that can be passed on through sexual contact. A large proportion of the sexually active population is infected with ureaplasma and have no symptoms; however, it can cause symptoms of urethritis which are pain on passing urine and passing urine more frequently.
Gardnerella vaginalis is a common cause of vaginal discharge in women and unspecific urethritis in men. A positive test result for gardnerella only requires treatment if you are experiencing symptoms.
If you test positive for chlamydia, trichomoniasis or herpes you will be able to request your treatment online. One of our online doctors will review your request and approve treatment if this is appropriate.
If you test positive for any other STI you will need to visit your GP or GUM clinic to get treated.
If you order on Monday to Friday 9am-4pm we will process and send out your test kit the same day. Otherwise orders are sent out on the next working day, which means Monday for orders submitted over the weekend.
Your delivery options and an estimate of your delivery time will be shown to you during checkout.
If you have any questions you can message a doctor after completing your order.
We take every effort to protect your privacy including:
- not emailing or texting you with medical information;
- not sharing your information without your consent - see our privacy guide;
- sending your test kit out in plain packaging.
We would like to inform your GP about the outcome of any treatments that you may be sent, as this is considered good medical practice. If you provide your GP details we can do this for you free of charge.
We will not contact your GP without your consent.
Dr Simran Deo Doctor
Dr Simran Deo qualified from St George’s, University of London in medicine in 2006 with a distinction in her written finals. She went on to specialise in general practice, obtaining the MRCGP certification in 2012. In 2014 she received a merit for the Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff University.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 30 Apr 2020
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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.