If you think you could have caught an STI then you can check your status by using a home STI test kit. Order a test kit online with Zava and get a convenient testing service with extra support if you need it.
You can get test kits for a range of STIs, including
- hepatitis B and C
- chlamydia and gonorrhoea (oral, anal, and genital)
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|Estimated Delivery: 31st May - 2nd June|
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About home STI testing
Where can you get tested?
- At home – you can do your own STI testing at home with a test kit that you can purchase online
- At a sexual health (GUM) clinic
- At your GP’s surgery
What does testing involve? – the way you get tested for an STI depends on which STI you might have been exposed to:
- Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C – these are detected by a pin-prick blood test
- Genital chlamydia and gonorrhoea – urine sample/vaginal swab
- Anal chlamydia and gonorrhea – rectal swab
- Oral chlamydia and gonorrhea – throat swab
- HPV – vaginal swab
- Herpes, trichomonas, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, and gardnerella – in men, a urine sample; in women, vaginal swab
Get tested at the right time – if you’ve think you’ve been exposed to an STI then you should get tested. Exactly when to have your test depends on which STI you think you’ve been exposed to. Different STI take different amounts of time to show up on tests:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhoea (anal, oral, or genital) – wait at least 2 weeks after you think you were exposed to test
- Herpes, trichomonas, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, and gardnerella – wait at least 4 weeks after you think you were exposed before testing
- Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C – it can take up to 13 weeks for these infections to show on a test. If you test before 13 weeks after you think you were exposed and the results are negative, you should test again after the 13 week mark
- Recent HIV exposure – if you think you were exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, please visit a local GUM clinic or A&E department as soon as possible, as you may be able to take PEP (which reduces your chances of contracting the virus)
- HPV – you don’t need to test after unprotected sex, but you can test if you’re want to check your status or you’re not due for your NHS pap smear soon
How can you order test kits online? – if you would like to check your STI status then you can easily order a test kit through our online doctor service:
- Complete a short assessment to confirm you understand our service
- Place your order for the test kit you think is right for you
- Log into (or create) your account
- Finalise your order and provide payment details
- You will be billed and your test kit will be dispatched
- You can expect to receive your kit in 1-2 days
- Once you’ve performed your test you can post your samples directly to lab for testing
Is it the same as getting tested in person? – there are some differences between getting tested at a clinic or surgery and do a home test kit. Advantages of the home test kit include:
- You don’t have to book any face-to-face appointments
- You can perform the test in your own home
- You can talk to our Customer Support team if you need any help with your kit
- You won’t have to discuss you sexual health with anyone beforehand
When would I get my results?
- You should receive your results 3-5 days after your samples reach the lab
- Your results will NOT be sent to you directly – you can see them in your patient account and you will only be notified by email to say that a message is waiting for you in your account
How will I know what to do with my kit? – no matter which test kit your order, it will come with detailed instructions on how to collect your samples. Below are brief explanations of each sample:
- Blood test – use the lancet (device for pricking your skin) to create a pin-prick on your finger. Place your finger over the sample tube and drip blood into it, up to the fill line. Seal and label your tube
- Urine sample – fill out the label and attach it to the sample tube. Use the urine collection box to collect the very first bit of urine when you urinate. Transfer the urine from the collection box to the sample tube and seal it
- Swabs – fill out the label in the swab packet and attach it to the swab bottle. Open the bottle and remove the swab. Once you’ve used the swab, put it back into the bottle. Check the instructions for how to do the swab depending on whether it’s vaginal, oral, or rectal
For all test kits:
- Make sure you fully complete your labels and attach them to your samples
- Put all your samples into the clear specimen bags provided before putting them in your self addressed envelope
- Always complete your checklists to make sure you’ve done everything you need to complete you test
If you need any help with your kit – please call our Customer Support team if you’re at all unsure of how to complete your test. They can talk you through the process and make sure you complete your test properly before sending it off.
I’m not sure which test kit I need – to help you figure out which STI to test for, you can refer to our “List of STIs and Symptoms” page. We also have an extended STI test kit which covers a wider range of STIs if you’re not sure which you’ve been exposed to, or you think you’re been exposed to more than one.
STI symptoms in men – if you’re a man and you think you might have caught an STI, you could experience the following common STI symptoms:
- Itching or burning feelings around your genitals
- Pain when you urinate
- Any lumps, spots, sore, or blisters around your genitals or anus
- Irritation or pain in your urethra (inside your penis)
- Discharge (unusual liquid) coming from your penis
STI symptoms in women – if you’re a woman and you think you could have been exposed to an STI then you might get some of the following symptoms:
- Itching or burning feelings around your genitals
- Pain when you urinate
- Any lumps, spots, sores, or blisters around your genitals or anus
- You find sex painful
- Strong-smelling, yellow, or green discharge coming from your vagina
- Pain around your lower stomach
- Irregular (not normal period) bleeding from your vagina
When do symptoms usually show up? – this varies between STIs. It can be as quickly as 1-2 weeks after you have unprotected sex or it could take months or years for you to develop any symptoms if at all. It’s important not to base your decision to get tested on whether or not you’re having symptoms. Getting tested is the only reliable way to know if you’ve caught an STI.
How are STIs passed on? – STIs are normally passed between people by unprotected sexual contact. This can include activities other than penetrative sex (such as masturbation or oral sex) and even from sharing sex toys. Also some STIs can be passed through blood-to-blood transmission through sharing needles or contact sports.
How to tell if you’re at risk of getting an STI? – there is no way of knowing exactly what your chance of getting an STI is, but there are things that can affect the risk:
- Not using protection – if you have sex without proper protection then you could be putting yourself at risk of getting an STI. Use methods like condoms and dental dams to help protect you from STIs
- Sharing needles or sex toys – some STIs can be passed on even if you don’t have skin-to-skin contact with someone else
- Not knowing the status of your partners – if you don’t know whether your partner has an STI then it makes it harder to know how to protect yourself
When should you use protection? – there are lots of reasons to use protection during sex:
- When you’re with a new partner – even if your partner has assured you they don’t have an STI, they may not know for sure
- When you’re in an exclusive long-term relationship – even if you’re sure your partner has not had sex with anyone else for a long period of time, unless they have been tested you can’t know for sure they don’t have an STI. Remember that some STIs take years to develop symptoms, or they may not develop at all
- If you aren’t using contraception and you don’t want to get pregnant – remember that you could also be at risk of unwanted pregnancy as well as STIs if you have unprotected sex
Order STI Test Kits
Order your test kit
Answer a few simple questions about what the test kit is for.
Send your sample to the laboratory
Collect a sample following the instructions provided with your test kit and post it to our partner laboratory using the envelope (postage paid).
Receive your test result
You will receive an email informing you that you have a new message in your Zava account. Log in to your secure Zava account to view the test result.