You will only be tested for the tests you send back. If you try but are unable to collect a blood sample, don't worry as we will still test your swab or urine for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. For more advice on taking your samples, please see ‘How should I take my samples?’ below.
Your blood sample will be tested for syphilis. Depending on your response to our questions, the blood sample may also be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Your swabs and/or urine sample will test you for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
Your results will only refer to the samples you have completed and sent back.
Your kit will contain instructions on taking your samples.
If you believe you may be at risk of having come into contact with an STI, it may be best to wait before you test because certain STIs don’t show up in tests for several weeks after exposure.
Urine sample: If you are providing a urine sample, please refrain from urinating for at least one hour before providing your sample. If you are taking a short term course of antibiotics we advise that you wait two weeks after finishing your course before taking your sample.
Swab sample: If you are providing a swab sample, please don’t worry if you are on your period – your swab can still be tested.
Blood sample: For additional advice and guidance on providing your blood sample, please watch our video below.
If you try but are unable to collect a blood sample, we will still test your swab or urine for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (the most common infections).
Further instructions and instructional videos (like the one below on finger-prick blood collection above) can be found on the SH:UK website - https://www.sh.uk/self-sampling
If this doesn't answer your questions or you are still having problems, please call the Express Test SH.UK support team on 0333 344 4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you've taken your sample(s), please ensure you have completed the included form (but keep the top part - you may need it to collect your results).
Place your sample(s) and the form back in the box and seal the box shut making sure the tabs lock tightly.
We've already paid for the postage (it's freepost), so you can simply pop the kit in your nearest postbox as soon as you can. You will see directions to your nearest post box on the form.