We offer two different STI test kits for women, one which provides a basic screen and one which provides a full STI screen.
The basic STI test kit for women tests for:
- gonorrhea (vaginal, anal and oral)
- chlamydia (vaginal, anal and oral)
The full STI kit checks for all STIs included in the basic screen as well as:
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
It also tests for mycoplasma, ureaplasma, and Gardnerella vaginalis, all of which can cause genital and urinary infections..
Using a home test works in the following steps:
- Place an order and get your kit delivered to your door, or collect from a local post office (delivery is free)
- Collect your samples as per the instructions in the kit
- Send your samples to our UK-based, accredited partner laboratory (postage is free)
- Once your results are available, our doctors will review your results
- One of our doctors will contact you, via a secure and confidential message in your patient account, to let you know your results and give you advice and support on what to do next
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
Delivery and return postage are included.
About STI test kits for women
Once you have placed your order, we will send out your test kit to your preferred address.
The test kit comes with:
- one swab for the vagina
- one oral swab
- one rectal swab
- one finger prick test for a tiny blood sample
You can collect all required samples in the comfort of your home. You will need to provide a tiny blood sample, which will be used to check your blood for evidence of HIV, syphilis and (in the full test kit) hepatitis B and C. The test kit includes a finger prick test, which makes it easy for you to obtain a small blood sample.
The test kit comes with detailed instructions. It is important that you follow the instructions carefully and that you label your samples as outlined in the instructions.
Once you have collected all samples, all you need to do is place them in the envelope provided and post them to the laboratory.
The majority of STIs can't be detected when testing shortly after you have contracted them. The time during which an STI is present but can’t be detected is called a window period.
For chlamydia and gonorrhea, the window period can be up to four weeks long, which means that you can get a false negative if you get tested earlier. However, if you have symptoms, or know that you have had sexual contact with someone with an STI, we would encourage you to take a test without waiting for the window period to be up, to ensure you can get the treatment that you need promptly.
For HIV, the window period can be up to 6 months, but as many as 95% of HIV infections can be detected from 4 weeks onwards. For syphilis, the window period can be up to 13 weeks and for hepatitis B andC, it can be up to 6 months.
If you get tested sooner than the window period after you’ve potentially been exposed to one of these STIs, you should repeat the test again at a later date to confirm your test result.
That said, if you suspect you’ve had sexual contact with one of these infections, it’s better to test as soon as possible, even if this is before the window period is up, so that you can seek treatment promptly.
The basic STI screen for women checks for:
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, which can be transmitted during anal, oral and vaginal sex. The STI test kit for women checks for anal, oral and vaginal chlamydia. Chlamydia is often symptomless, which means that you could have it without noticing any signs of infection. If you’re diagnosed with chlamydia, you can buy treatment through our service if our doctors feel this is suitable, or you can be treated at your local sexual health clinic or GP surgery.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhea often doesn’t display symptoms but it can cause complications if left untreated. The basic screen is suitable for detecting gonorrhea in the vagina, rectrum and throat. If you’re diagnosed with gonorrhea our doctors will contact you to let you know the details of your local sexual health clinic that you should attend for treatment.
HIV is a serious condition, which can be fatal if left untreated. Patients who get diagnosed and treated early can live an almost normal life and have a normal life expectancy. It is important that you get tested if you have had unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status is unknown. If you’re diagnosed with HIV our doctors will contact you to let you know the details of your local sexual health clinic that you should attend to do a second test to confirm your result.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease which is currently on the rise. It tends to cause lesions during the first weeks after infection. These lesions are usually painless and they can easily be mistaken for a different condition. However, syphilis can spread to other organs and cause damage to the brain if it is not treated in a timely manner. If you believe you may have been exposed to syphilis, you should get tested. If you’re diagnosed with syphilis our doctors will contact you to let you know the details of your local sexual health clinic, which you should attend to do a second test to confirm your result.
The full STI screen for women checks for all STIs covered by the basic screen. In addition, it checks for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as a number of other infections which can cause symptoms in women.
If you’ re diagnosed with hepatitis B or hepatitis C our doctors will contact you to let you know the details of your local sexual health clinic that you should attend to do a second test to confirm your result.
Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos
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.