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At-home STI test

From £39.50

  • Discreet STI testing from our UKAS-accredited laboratory
  • From £39.50 for results within 3 days
  • Secure, password-protected results emailed to you for full confidentiality
  • Only a urine sample or vaginal swab required
  • Choose our Complete Panel STI test or our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test
  • All tests performed at our UK-laboratory – so your samples won’t be sent abroad
  • 100% accurate and easy-to-use

Choose the right STI test for you

Complete Panel (7 STIs)

A comprehensive STI test. We recommend taking this test annually if you are sexually active.

Tests for the following STIs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Mycoplasma hominis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Ureaplasma parvum (UTI)
  • Urea urealyticum (UTI)

Only a vaginal swab or urine sample required, with results in just 3 days.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium (3 STIs)

Recommended for anyone who has had a comprehensive STI test in the previous 12 months and would like to test more regularly for these common (and often symptomless) infections.

Tests for three of the most common STIs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Mycoplasma genitalium

Only a vaginal swab or urine sample required, with results in just 3 days.

Discreet, reliable STI testing for your peace of mind. Direct from our award-winning UK laboratory.

Why choose an at-home Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) test?

Whether you are experiencing symptoms that indicate you could have an STI, or you just want a test to put your mind at rest, an at-home STI (previously referred to as STD) test from AlphaBiolabs is a simple, accurate way of finding out whether you have contracted an infection from sexual intercourse.

There are many reasons why you might want an STI test including:

  • You are experiencing symptoms e.g. unusual discharge, itching, burning or irritation, and/or more frequent urination
  • You engage in unprotected sex
  • You and/or your partner have multiple sexual partners
  • You’ve met someone new and want to be sure you’re both healthy before beginning a physical relationship

Whatever your reasons, if you are sexually active, regular STI tests can help you remain in good health, detect STIs (previously known as STDs) early to reduce the likelihood of complications, and prevent STIs spreading to other people.

With a simple vaginal swab (women) or a urine sample (men), our UKAS-accredited testing laboratory can give you much-needed insight into your sexual health.

You have the option to order a Complete Panel STI test (7 pathogens) for £99.50 or our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test for just £39.50.

Your test kit will contain everything you need to collect your samples and return them to our UK laboratory. Once we receive your samples, your secure, password-protected results will be emailed to you in just three days.

If you are sexually active, we recommend a comprehensive sexual health check every 12 months. Our Complete Panel STI test, which can detect seven pathogens, is ideally suited for this purpose.

If you have had a comprehensive sexual health check in the previous 12 months and simply want to test more regularly for the most common (and often symptomless) infections, our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test is recommended.

You should aim to test for these three pathogens every six months, especially if you and/or your partner are having regular unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Order your at-home STI test online now or by calling our friendly and discreet Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300.

How does the STI test kit work?

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Order your test kit and register online

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Collect your sample

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Receive your confidential results by email

When is the best time to take an at-home STI test?

We recommend that you take an STI test no sooner than two weeks after having unprotected sex.

If you collect your sample too soon, the results of your test may not be as accurate. This is because each STI has a different incubation period, so an infection may not be detected if a test is done too early.

However, if you think you might have an STI (previously called an STD) or have started to experience symptoms, you can test immediately and repeat the test two weeks after having sex.

Sample collection

AlphaBiolabs provides two options for STI (STD) testing:

  • Vaginal swab – for customers with female genitalia
  • Urine sample – for customers with male genitalia

When you receive your sample collection kit, follow the enclosed instructions to take your vaginal swab or urine sample.

Once you have collected your sample, carefully package the vaginal swab or urine sample pot in the protective packaging, place in the pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope and return to our UK laboratory.

Although both our vaginal swab and urine sample pots are suitable for women ordering an STI test, we do recommend that people with female genitalia choose a vaginal swab for the most accurate result.

If you are a female who would like to submit a urine sample for testing, please contact our Customer Services team who will be able to assist you (call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com).

How can STIs be detected using a vaginal swab or urine sample?

The most accurate way to detect STIs (previously called STDs) is to collect samples from the area that is most likely to have been exposed to infection during sexual contact.

When testing women, we ask that a sample is provided from the vagina using a vaginal swab (like a cotton bud), for the most conclusive result. This is because swabs taken from inside the vagina are likely to have the highest concentration of the pathogens we are testing for in the laboratory.

Although females can submit a urine sample for testing, a urine test is not as accurate for people with female genitalia. This is because the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) is not the main area of exposure for females when an STI is contracted during sexual intercourse.

A vaginal swab is a quick and painless way of collecting your sample for the purpose of STI testing.

When testing men, the highest concentration of a pathogen can be found within the urinary tract (urethra) inside the penis.

When a man passes urine, traces of infectious organisms/bacteria are carried out of the body and can be detected within the urine sample when it is analysed at the laboratory.

If you are providing a urine sample, it is important that you do not urinate for at least one hour prior to collecting your sample as this could wash away pathogens and make the sample less concentrated, affecting the results of the test.

Please note that AlphaBiolabs does not currently offer STI testing using oral or anal swabs.

Which infections can be detected using an STI test kit?

Both AlphaBiolabs’ vaginal swab and urine sample test kits can be used to detect the following pathogens:

  • Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis)
  • Gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoea)
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Mycoplasma hominis
  • Trichomoniasis (Trichomonas vaginalis)
  • Ureaplasma parvum (urinary tract infection/UTI)
  • Urea urealyticum (urinary tract infection/UTI)

Please note that both men and women can be affected by all seven of these pathogens, including the UTIs ureaplasma parvum and urea urealyticum.

Important: If you would like us to test for all seven pathogens, you will need to order our Complete Panel STI test for £99.50. We recommend that you take this test at least once a year if you are sexually active.

To be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and mycoplasma genitalium only, please order our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test for £39.50.

This test is recommended for anyone who has had comprehensive STI (STD) screening in the previous 12 months and would simply like to test more regularly for these most common (and often symptomless) infections. You should ideally take this test once every six months if you are sexually active.

This is because chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and mycoplasma genitalium are three of the most common STIs in the UK and, although a person living with these infections will often display no symptoms, each can cause serious, ongoing health complications if not identified and treated quickly.

Results emailed to you in just 3 days

What does the STI test kit include?

The urine STI kit includes:

  • Sample collection kit box
  • Instruction leaflet with unique barcode
  • Biohazard bag containing an absorbent pad
  • Pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope
  • Sterile urine collection tube with lid, and funnel

The vaginal swab STI kit includes:

  • Sample collection kit box
  • Instruction leaflet with unique barcode
  • Biohazard bag containing an absorbent pad
  • Pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope
  • Sterile vaginal swab in a tube

100% accurate NHS-standard laboratory test

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I consider having an STI test?

There are lots of instances when you should consider taking an STI (previously referred to as STD) test both for your own peace of mind, and for the wellbeing of your partner(s).

Examples include:

  • You have symptoms that could mean you have an STI
  • You engage in unprotected sex
  • You and/or your partner have multiple sexual partners
  • You’ve met someone new and want to be sure you’re both healthy before beginning a physical relationship

Whatever your situation, an STI test can help put your mind at rest or enable you to get the correct medical treatment if a pathogen is detected within your sample.

If you’ve decided to take an STI test, we would advise that your current partner and any other partners with whom you’ve had a sexual relationship in the past six months be tested as well.

This can reduce the risk of reinfection if either you or your partner has an STI you were unaware of; it can also help prevent the spread of STIs to other people.

Why is it important to get regular STI tests?

If you’re sexually active, taking an STI test is the most reliable way of making sure you’re staying safe. It also helps reduce the risk of you passing an STI onto someone else.

Not all STIs (formerly known as STDs) present symptoms, so regular sexual health checks are important. If left untreated some STIs can cause long-lasting or permanent damage to your health (e.g. infertility and chronic pain).

You can play it safe by getting an STI test each time you’re planning to engage in sexual activity with a new partner. Alternatively, we recommend getting an STI test at least once a year.

When is the best time to take an STI test?

We recommend taking an STI test no earlier than two weeks after having unprotected sex.

If a test is done too early, the results may not be accurate. This is because each STI has a different incubation period, so an infection may not be detected if you test too soon.

However, if you think you might have an STI or have started to experience symptoms, you can test immediately and repeat the test two weeks after having sex.

How often should I get an STI test?

How often you get tested and which STIs (previously called STDs) you are tested for can depend on your age, gender, and how sexually active you are.

If you’re a man who’s sexually active…

You should be tested every three- to- six- months.

If you’re a woman who’s sexually active…

  • You should get tested at least once a year for gonorrhoea and chlamydia, or more often if you are engaging in sexual activity with multiple partners, especially if unprotected.
  • If you are pregnant, you should be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. Women who are high risk should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Which STIs/STDs should I get tested for?

AlphaBiolabs currently provides two options for STI (STD) testing – a Complete Panel STI test or a Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test.

Our Complete Panel STI test can detect seven pathogens: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium, mycoplasma hominis, trichomoniasis, ureaplasma parvum and urea urealyticum.

If you are having regular unprotected sex – especially if you and/or your partner have multiple sexual partners – we recommend that you have a comprehensive sexual health test at least once a year. Our Complete Panel STI test is ideal for this purpose.

If you have already had a comprehensive sexual health check in the past year and simply want to test more regularly for the most common (often symptomless) infections, our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test is recommended. Ideally, you should test for these three pathogens every six months.

This is because chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and mycoplasma genitalium are three of the most common STIs in the UK and, although a person living with these infections will often display no symptoms, each can cause serious, ongoing health complications if they are not identified and treated quickly.

While not as well-known as chlamydia or gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium has become increasingly common among young people who have unprotected sex.

Additionally, the symptoms of a mycoplasma genitalium infection are strikingly similar to chlamydia, which can delay treatment if it is not diagnosed correctly.

For more on STI symptoms and complications see ‘What does the STI test look for?’

What will the results of my STI test tell me?

Your test results will tell you whether you had a detectable infection at the time your sample was collected.

If a pathogen is detected, this means that you had an infection when you collected your sample for testing.

If a pathogen is not detected, this means that an infection was not present in the sample at the time of collection.

Please note: If you have ordered our Complete Panel STI test, your results will tell you whether the seven pathogens included in the price of your test were detected or not detected in your sample (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium, mycoplasma hominis, trichomoniasis, ureaplasma parvum and urea urealyticum).

If you have ordered a Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test your results will tell you whether you had a detectable chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or mycoplasma genitalium infection at the time your sample was submitted for testing.

How accurate is an STI test? Are the results reliable?

Our STI (STD) testing is extremely accurate.

Our UKAS-accredited laboratory works to strict, government enforced protocols to ensure your results are as accurate as possible.

If you have any concerns about the reliability of your results, we would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.

For further guidance, we recommend making an appointment with your GP or visiting your nearest sexual health clinic.

What does the STI test look for?

AlphaBiolabs’ Complete Panel STI test can detect seven STI (formerly known as STD) pathogens: chlamydia trachomatis, mycoplasma genitalium, mycoplasma hominis, neisseria gonorrhoea, trichomonas vaginalis, ureaplasma parvum and urea urealyticum.

It is important to note that both women and men can be affected by all seven of these pathogens including ureaplasma parvum and urea urealyticum (both UTIs).

Our Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Mycoplasma Genitalium test will tell you whether you had a detectable chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or mycoplasma genitalium infection at the time you submitted your samples for testing.

You have the option to request either a vaginal swab test kit (females) or a urine sample test kit (males) when placing your order.

Below is an overview of some of the most common symptoms experienced by men and women for each of the seven pathogens included in an AlphaBiolabs Complete Panel STI test (including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and mycoplasma genitalium), along with possible complications if left untreated:

MEN

STI/UTI SYMPTOMS POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
Chalmydia trachomatis (chlamydia)
  • Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of your penis
  • Painful urination
  • Burning and itching around the opening of your penis
  • Pain and swelling around your testicles
  • An infection of the epididymis (the tube that carries sperm away from the testes)
  • Proctitis (inflammation of the rectum)
Neisseria gonorrhoea (gonorrhoea)
  • Burning when you urinate
  • Painful or swollen testicles
  • White, yellow, or green discharge from your penis
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
  • Infection in other parts of your body like your skin or joints
  • Infertility
Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Itching or irritation inside the penis
  • A thin white discharge from the penis
  • Pain when you urinate or have sex
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Easier to get infected with HIV
  • Easier to pass the HIV virus on to a sexual partner
Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Stinging or burning when you urinate
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Inflammation of the foreskin and penis
  • Sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA)
  • Epididymo-orchitis – a painful swelling and infection of the testicle (testis), and a tube called the epididymis
  • If someone has other STIs like HIV, having mycoplasma genitalium as well makes them more likely to pass on those infections
Mycoplasma hominis
  • Discharge from the penis (often foul smelling)
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Inflammation of the kidneys (pyelonephritis)
  • Infertility
  • Sepsis
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
Ureaplasma urealyticum and ureaplasma parvum (UTIs)
  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Stinging or burning when you urinate
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Inflammation of the foreskin and penis
Ureaplasma urealyticum:

  • Impacts sperm formation (reducing fertility)
  • Increased chance of getting HIV

Ureaplasma parvum:

  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Non-specific micturition syndrome
  • Infertility

Both ureaplasmas can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

WOMEN

STI/UTI SYMPTOMS POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
Chalmydia trachomatis (chlamydia)
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odour
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Painful periods
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Itching or burning in or around your vagina
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg implants and develops outside your uterus)
  • Premature births
  • If mothers pass the infection to their children during childbirth, the newborn could have eye infections, blindness, or pneumonia
Neisseria gonorrhoea (gonorrhoea)
  • Burning or pain when you urinate
  • Bleeding between periods
  • More vaginal discharge than is typical
  • Pain in your belly
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
  • Infection in other parts of your body like your skin or joints
  • Infertility
Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Vaginal fluid that smells bad and is greenish or yellowish
  • Genital itching, burning, redness, or soreness
  • Pain when you urinate or have sex
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Easier to get infected with HIV
  • Easier to pass the HIV virus on to a sexual partner
Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Pain during sex
  • Bleeding from the vagina after sex
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA)
  • If someone has other STIs like HIV, having mycoplasma genitalium as well makes them more likely to pass on those infections
Mycoplasma hominis
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Pain or burning feeling during urination
  • Continuous pain during sex
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Can cause a fever and infection in your newborn baby
Ureaplasma urealyticum and ureaplasma parvum (UTIs)
  • It hurts when you urinate
  • Belly pain
  • Pain, odour, or discharge from the vagina
  • Swelling at the opening of the urethra
  • Discharge from the urethra
During pregnancy, the bacteria can lead to infections in both the mother and the baby. Problems in newborn babies can include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Pneumonia
  • Septicaemia (bacteria in the blood)

MEN

Chalmydia trachomatis (chlamydia)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of your penis
  • Painful urination
  • Burning and itching around the opening of your penis
  • Pain and swelling around your testicles
  • An infection of the epididymis (the tube that carries sperm away from the testes)
  • Proctitis (inflammation of the rectum)
Neisseria gonorrhoea (gonorrhoea)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Burning when you urinate
  • Painful or swollen testicles
  • White, yellow, or green discharge from your penis
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
  • Infection in other parts of your body like your skin or joints
  • Infertility
Trichomonas vaginalis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Itching or irritation inside the penis
  • A thin white discharge from the penis
  • Pain when you urinate or have sex
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Easier to get infected with HIV
  • Easier to pass the HIV virus on to a sexual partner
Mycoplasma genitalium
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Stinging or burning when you urinate
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Inflammation of the foreskin and penis
  • Sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA)
  • Epididymo-orchitis – a painful swelling and infection of the testicle (testis), and a tube called the epididymis
  • If someone has other STIs like HIV, having mycoplasma genitalium as well makes them more likely to pass on those infections
Mycoplasma hominis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Discharge from the penis (often foul smelling)
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Inflammation of the kidneys (pyelonephritis)
  • Infertility
  • Sepsis
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
Ureaplasma urealyticum and ureaplasma parvum (UTIs)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Stinging or burning when you urinate
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Inflammation of the foreskin and penis
Ureaplasma urealyticum:

  • Impacts sperm formation (reducing fertility)
  • Increased chance of getting HIV

Ureaplasma parvum:

  • Urethritis – a swelling of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • Non-specific micturition syndrome
  • Infertility

Both ureaplasmas can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

WOMEN

Chalmydia trachomatis (chlamydia)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odour
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Painful periods
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Itching or burning in or around your vagina
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg implants and develops outside your uterus)
  • Premature births
  • If mothers pass the infection to their children during childbirth, the newborn could have eye infections, blindness, or pneumonia
Neisseria gonorrhoea (gonorrhoea)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Burning or pain when you urinate
  • Bleeding between periods
  • More vaginal discharge than is typical
  • Pain in your belly
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Increased chance of getting HIV
  • Infection in other parts of your body like your skin or joints
  • Infertility
Trichomonas vaginalis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Vaginal fluid that smells bad and is greenish or yellowish
  • Genital itching, burning, redness, or soreness
  • Pain when you urinate or have sex
  • The need to urinate more often
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Easier to get infected with HIV
  • Easier to pass the HIV virus on to a sexual partner
Mycoplasma genitalium
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Pain during sex
  • Bleeding from the vagina after sex
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA)
  • If someone has other STIs like HIV, having mycoplasma genitalium as well makes them more likely to pass on those infections
Mycoplasma hominis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Pain or burning feeling during urination
  • Continuous pain during sex
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can damage your fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect your ovaries to your uterus) leading to infertility
  • Can cause a fever and infection in your newborn baby
Ureaplasma urealyticum and ureaplasma parvum (UTIs)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • It hurts when you urinate
  • Belly pain
  • Pain, odour, or discharge from the vagina
  • Swelling at the opening of the urethra
  • Discharge from the urethra
During pregnancy, the bacteria can lead to infections in both the mother and the baby. Problems in newborn babies can include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Pneumonia
  • Septicaemia (bacteria in the blood)

What samples are required?

AlphaBiolabs offers two types of sample collection for STI (previously referred to as STD) testing: a vaginal swab or a urine sample.

Both our vaginal swabs and our urine sample pots are suitable for women ordering an STI test. However, we recommend a vaginal swab for women where possible, for a more accurate result.

If you are a female who would prefer to submit a urine sample for testing, please contact our Customer Services team who will be able to help.

If you are a homosexual man, you will need to use our urine sample pot. However, other STI (STD) testing providers may also recommend a rectal swab, depending on your personal circumstances.

AlphaBiolabs does not currently offer rectal STI testing. If you require more options for STI testing, we recommend speaking to your GP or consulting your local sexual health clinic for further information.

I’m transgender. Which test kit (vaginal swab or urine sample) should I choose?

If you are transgender and require an STI (STD) test, please select the test kit that aligns with the genitalia you have at the time of sample collection.  

Customers with female genitalia are advised to use our vaginal swab test kit.  However, if you would prefer to provide a urine sample, you can contact our Customer Services team who will be able to assist you.

Customers with male genitalia are asked to submit a urine sample for testing.

If you are unsure about which test to order, please contact our Customer Services team who will be able to provide confidential advice on which test is best for you.

What are the incubation periods for different STIs?

Every STI has a different incubation period, depending on which STI you have.

Incubation periods can vary from as little as one day to months or even years, depending on when the body begins to produce antibodies and show symptoms.

Below are the incubation periods of some of the most common STIs (previously referred to as STDs) that we test for at AlphaBiolabs:

STI Incubation period
Gonorrhoea 1-14 days
Trichomoniasis 5-28 days
Chlamydia 7-21 days

Are the results of my STI test private and confidential?

Full confidentiality is maintained throughout the testing process and when providing you with your results.

However, it is important to note that in the interests of public health and safety, AlphaBiolabs is required to report certain ‘clinically significant’ core organisms to Public Health England if they are detected within your sample.

These organisms include chlamydia trachomatis, mycoplasma hominis, mycoplasma genitalium, neisseria gonorrhoea and trichomonas vaginalis.

For this reason, we do ask for limited personal information from individuals submitting their samples for STI testing.

Reports made to Public Health England only include the individual’s surname and initial, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, and postcode.

Can you take an STI test when you’re on your period?

Yes, you can take an STI (STD) test when you’re on your period and still receive a conclusive result.

However, we recommend waiting until your period becomes lighter or you have stopped bleeding before taking a test. This will ensure a more accurate test result.

Can you take an STI test when you’re pregnant?

Yes, you can take an STI (STD) test when you’re pregnant.

If you are expecting a baby and you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate you have an STI, it’s especially important to get a test before the baby is born.

This is because chlamydia can be passed to the baby during delivery.

When an STI test is performed during pregnancy, a swab is inserted into the lower part of the vagina. This will not harm the baby in any way, and your test result will be just as conclusive as if you weren’t pregnant.

Should my partner also take an STI test?

You partner does not have to take an STI test just because you have decided to take one.

However, if your results show that an infection has been detected, you should let your partner know so that they can also arrange to be tested. 

We strongly advise that you get an STI test if an infection has been detected in your partner’s sample.

My test results show that I have an STI. What should I do?

If you have received your results and an STI (previously referred to as STD) has been detected, we recommend that you contact your GP or visit your local sexual health clinic for further guidance and treatment options.

You should also abstain from sexual contact, to avoid passing the infection(s) on to other people.

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