Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test

Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test

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  • Only £59 for confidential results in 4 working days
  • Tests for 3 STIs: Syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV
  • All tests performed at our UK laboratory – so your samples won’t be sent abroad
  • Adheres to BASHH, FSHR and MHRA guidelines for sexual health testing
  • Test kit sent out in discreet, plain packaging
  • Suitable for people with or without symptoms
  • Only a finger prick blood sample required
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You must be at least 16 years of age to purchase a home STI test kit from AlphaBiolabs.

If you are experiencing symptoms causing severe pain and discomfort or require face-to-face examination, we advise you to contact your GP or local sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

Discreet, reliable STI testing from our award-winning laboratory

Why choose an at-home Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test?

Whether you are experiencing symptoms that indicate you could have an STI, or do not have symptoms and just want a test to put your mind at rest, an at-home Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test from AlphaBiolabs is a simple, accurate way of finding out whether you have contracted an infection.

There are many reasons why you might want a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test, including:

  • You are experiencing symptoms linked with one or more of these infections e.g. loss of appetite, aches and pains, fever, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, diarrhoea
  • You engage in unprotected sex (or have engaged in unprotected sex in the past)
  • You and/or your partner(s) have multiple sexual partners
  • You and/or your partner(s) engage in drug use before/during sex
  • You’ve met someone new and want to be sure you’re both healthy before beginning a physical relationship

Our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test can detect three pathogens using only a finger prick blood sample.

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 results will be emailed to you in just 4 working days, using the email address you supply when registering your test.

Order your at-home Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test online now or by calling our friendly and discreet Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300.  

IMPORTANT: If you believe you have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours, you should seek PEP medication from your local sexual health clinic before ordering a HIV test.

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How does the Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test kit work?

Order your collection kit

Order your test kit and register online

Collect your sample

Collect your sample

Post back to our UK laboratory

Post back to our UK laboratory

Receive your results by email

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 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

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 window period – the amount of time it takes from when you are first infected to when an infection can be detected in a blood sample.

However, if you have started to experience symptoms, you can test immediately.

If you have no symptoms, you should take the test 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

Below are the different window periods for each of the pathogens we test for using a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test.

STI/STD Window period
Syphilis 2-12 weeks
Hepatitis C 6-12 weeks
HIV 4-12 weeks

If you take a test within these window periods (12 weeks) and receive a Non-reactive result, it is recommended that you take another test after 12 weeks to be sure you are clear of any infections.

IMPORTANT: If you believe you have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours, you should seek PEP medication from your local sexual health clinic before ordering a HIV test.

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Sample collection

An AlphaBiolabs Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test requires a blood sample to be collected using a small, finger prick lancet device.

When you receive your sample collection kit, simply follow the enclosed instructions to collect your blood sample.

Once you have collected your blood sample, carefully package the sample in the protective packaging, place it into the pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope and return it to our UK laboratory.

If you would like confidential advice on how to collect your blood sample, please contact our Customer Services team who will be able to assist you (call 0333 600 1300 or email health@alphabiolabs.com)

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How accurate is the Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test?

Our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test is 100% accurate and reliable based on the samples we receive at our laboratory.

The test meets the highest possible quality standard for STI testing, including laboratory testing methods and sample types used for testing.

Better still, all our STI/STD tests have been developed in accordance with stringent guidelines as set by the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH), Faculty of Sexual Reproductive Health (FSHR) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Learn more: Why is compliance with guidelines so important for STI testing?

What does the Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test kit include?

The Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test kit includes:

  • Sample collection kit box
  • Instruction leaflet
  • Sterile blood collection tube with protective case
  • Two sterile alcohol wipes
  • Three finger prick lancet devices
  • Three small zip lock bags (for used finger prick lancet devices)
  • Pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope
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Frequently Asked Questions

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), that can cause serious and potentially life-threatening problems if left undiagnosed/untreated.

The infection is caused by Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) bacteria, and develops in four stages: primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, latent syphilis and tertiary or late syphilis.

During primary and secondary syphilis, the infection is contagious, and symptoms can include one or more painless, firm, round sores on the genitals and/or other parts of the body, genital, anal, or oral (mouth) sores resembling warts, a red or red-brown rash, fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat, headaches, and fatigue.

Latent syphilis can last several years, during which the infection remains in the body, but the infected person does not display any symptoms. However, there is a risk of symptoms reoccurring, and treatment is still recommended to reduce this risk and the chances of passing the infection to other people.

Tertiary or late syphilis can occur many years after the initial infection (e.g. 10-30 years after first exposure). Although not contagious at this stage, symptoms can be much more severe and even life-threatening, causing damage to vital organs and systems including the heart and liver, as well as bones, blood vessels and joints.

When caught early, syphilis can be easily treated with antibiotics. If the infection develops to a later stage, it can still be treated with antibiotics, but treatment can take much longer.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the liver, usually as the result of a viral infection or liver damage caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

There are five main types of hepatitis virus: A, B, C, D and E. AlphaBiolabs offers STI testing for Hepatitis C, via our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test.

Hepatitis C is caused by the Hepatitis C virus and is usually spread via the blood of an infected person. It can also be transmitted via unprotected sex.

Although short-term (acute) Hepatitis does not have any noticeable symptoms, people who develop symptoms may experience fever, muscle and joint pain, nausea, itchy skin, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), tiredness, stomach pains and a loss of appetite.

In the UK, those most at risk of becoming infected with Hepatitis C include healthcare workers, drug users, men who have sex with men, children born to mothers with Hepatitis C, and people travelling to parts of the world where the infection is more common (e.g. southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa).

HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that is transferred through bodily fluids including blood, vaginal fluids, and semen.

The virus weakens your immune system over time and, although there are some early symptoms you can look out for including fever, headache, tiredness or fatigue, loss of appetite, a sore throat and/or swollen lymph nodes, many people do not display any symptoms at all for weeks, months or even years.

There are three stages to HIV infection: primary or acute HIV infection, clinical latency/chronic HIV infection, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

During the first stage (primary or acute HIV infection), some people will experience flu-like symptoms.

During the second stage (clinical latency/chronic HIV), the virus remains in the body, but is less active. This stage can last a decade or longer, with no symptoms.

By the third stage (AIDS), the immune system is severely damaged, making the body vulnerable to other infections. Symptoms will also become more apparent such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and rashes.

For more information on symptoms and complications see ‘What are the symptoms of Syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV?’

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 (or have engaged in unprotected sex in the past)
  • You and/or your partner(s) have multiple sexual partners
  • You and/or your partner(s) engage in drug use before/during sex
  • 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.

For more information on symptoms and complications see ‘What are the symptoms of syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV?’

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.

Many people with an STI (formerly known as STD) will not experience 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).

General guidance

If you are sexually active, a comprehensive sexual health check is recommended once a year, and should include a multi-panel test such as our 7-panel STI test, which tests for some of the most common STIs in the UK, and at least one blood test, such as our:

If you are in a high-risk category and/or engage in frequent sexual activity with multiple partners, you may want to consider having a comprehensive sexual health check every 3-6 months.

For further advice and guidance, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/

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

It is recommended that you get an STI test annually. However, you may want to consider having a test every three- to- six- months if you are having regular unprotected sex with new or casual partners.

AlphaBiolabs offers a range of STI tests to help you keep your sexual health in check, including:

If you are having regular unprotected sex – especially if you and/or your partner have multiple sexual partners – it is recommended that you have a comprehensive sexual health test at least once a year.

This should include a multi-panel test such as our 7-panel STI test, which tests for some of the most common STIs in the UK, and at least one blood test, such as our:

For more information on symptoms and complications see ‘What are the symptoms of syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV?’

We recommend that you take a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test no sooner than 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

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 window period – the amount of time it takes from when you are first infected to when an infection can be detected in a blood sample.

However, if you have started to experience symptoms, you can test immediately.

If you have no symptoms, you should take the test 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

Below are the different window periods for each of the pathogens we test for in a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test.

STI/STD Window period
Syphilis 2-12 weeks
Hepatitis C 6-12 weeks
HIV 4-12 weeks

If you take a test within these window periods (12 weeks) and receive a Non-reactive result, it is recommended that you take another test after 12 weeks to be sure you are clear of any infections.

For further advice and guidance, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/.

Our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test is 100% accurate and reliable based on the samples we receive at our laboratory.

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

Unlike many other online STI testing providers, our range of STI/STD tests has been developed in accordance with stringent guidelines as set by the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH), Faculty of Sexual Reproductive Health (FSHR) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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.

You can also learn more about STIs/STDs by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/

Once you have ordered your test, we will dispatch your test kit and also send you an email with a link to register your test online.

Please follow this link to complete your registration form online, ensuring that all your personal details are correct before collecting your samples.

If you have not received the email by the time you receive your test kit, please contact us on 0333 600 1300 or email health@alphabiolabs.com for assistance.

IMPORTANT: You MUST register your test online before returning your samples to our laboratory.

We will not be able to start the testing process until you have registered your test.

Our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test requires a blood sample to be collected using a small, finger prick lancet device.

When you receive your sample collection kit, simply follow the enclosed instructions to collect your blood sample.

Once you have collected your blood sample, carefully package the sample in the protective packaging, place it into the pre-paid tracked return polythene envelope and return it to our UK laboratory.

If you would like confidential advice on how to collect your blood sample, please contact our Customer Services team who will be able to assist you (call 0333 600 1300 or email health@alphabiolabs.com)

Your finger prick blood sample will be used to perform three different tests, one for each of the infections included in the cost of your test (syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV).

The test looks for the presence of antibodies and antigens in the blood sample, that are specific to each infection.

Antibodies are made by the body’s immune system to help us fight off viruses after we become infected, while antigens are the parts of the virus that trigger an immune response.

For further advice and guidance, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/

Many people with STI infections will not experience any symptoms at all, meaning that regular STI testing is important

Our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test can detect three STI (formerly known as STD) pathogens: syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV. The test requires a finger prick blood sample to be collected using a small, finger prick lancet device.

Below is an overview of some of the most common symptoms experienced by men and women for syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV, along with possible complications if left untreated:

MEN

STI/STD SYMPTOMS POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
Syphilis
  • Small sores, ulcers and/or wart-like growths (on your genitals and/or other parts of your body)
  • A rash on the palms of the hands/soles of the feet
  • Swollen glands
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Flu-like symptoms including high temperature, headaches, and tiredness
  • Serious damage to major organs including the heart (angina, heart failure) and brain (seizures, memory problems, personality changes)
  • Problems with the nerves, skin, bones, and other organs
Hepatitis C
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, tiredness, muscle aches/ joint pain, nausea, diarrhoea, and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
Increased risk of liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, liver failure and kidney disease
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches/joint pain, sore throat, swollen glands, body rash
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Recurrent infections and life-threatening illnesses
  • A weakened immune system making you more at risk of developing many other infections including pneumonia, hepatitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and thrush
  • Higher risk of developing certain types of cancers, neurological complications, and kidney/ liver disease

WOMEN

STI/STD SYMPTOMS POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
Syphilis
  • Small sores, ulcers and/or wart-like growths (on your genitals and/or other parts of your body)
  • A rash on the palms of the hands/soles of the feet
  • Swollen glands
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Flu-like symptoms including high temperature, headaches, and tiredness
  • Serious damage to major organs including the heart (angina, heart failure) and brain (seizures, memory problems, personality changes)
  • Problems with the nerves, skin, bones, and other organs

Syphilis can also be passed on from mother to baby during pregnancy and can lead to miscarriages, still births and birth defects.

Hepatitis C
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, tiredness, muscle aches/ joint pain, nausea, diarrhoea, and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
Increased risk of liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, liver failure and kidney disease
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches/joint pain, sore throat, swollen glands, body rash
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Recurrent infections and life-threatening illnesses
  • A weakened immune system making you more at risk of developing many other infections including pneumonia, hepatitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and thrush
  • Higher risk of developing certain types of cancers, neurological complications, and kidney/ liver disease

MEN

Syphilis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Small sores, ulcers and/or wart-like growths (on your genitals and/or other parts of your body)
  • A rash on the palms of the hands/soles of the feet
  • Swollen glands
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Flu-like symptoms including high temperature, headaches, and tiredness
  • Serious damage to major organs including the heart (angina, heart failure) and brain (seizures, memory problems, personality changes)
  • Problems with the nerves, skin, bones, and other organs
Hepatitis C
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, tiredness, muscle aches/ joint pain, nausea, diarrhoea, and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
Increased risk of liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, liver failure and kidney disease
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches/joint pain, sore throat, swollen glands, body rash
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Recurrent infections and life-threatening illnesses
  • A weakened immune system making you more at risk of developing many other infections including pneumonia, hepatitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and thrush
  • Higher risk of developing certain types of cancers, neurological complications, and kidney/ liver disease

WOMEN

Syphilis
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Small sores, ulcers and/or wart-like growths (on your genitals and/or other parts of your body)
  • A rash on the palms of the hands/soles of the feet
  • Swollen glands
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Flu-like symptoms including high temperature, headaches, and tiredness
  • Serious damage to major organs including the heart (angina, heart failure) and brain (seizures, memory problems, personality changes)
  • Problems with the nerves, skin, bones, and other organs

Syphilis can also be passed on from mother to baby during pregnancy and can lead to miscarriages, still births and birth defects.

Hepatitis C
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, tiredness, muscle aches/ joint pain, nausea, diarrhoea, and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
Increased risk of liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, liver failure and kidney disease
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Symptoms Possible Complications
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches/joint pain, sore throat, swollen glands, body rash
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Recurrent infections and life-threatening illnesses
  • A weakened immune system making you more at risk of developing many other infections including pneumonia, hepatitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and thrush
  • Higher risk of developing certain types of cancers, neurological complications, and kidney/ liver disease
Your finger prick blood sample will be used to perform three different tests, one for each of the infections included in the cost of your test (syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV).

The test looks for the presence of antibodies and antigens in the blood sample, that are specific to each infection.

Antibodies are made by the body’s immune system to help us fight off viruses after we become infected, while antigens are the parts of the virus that trigger an immune response.

Your test results will tell you whether you had a detectable infection (syphilis, Hepatitis C or HIV) at the time your sample was collected.

If you receive a Reactive result for one or more infections, this means that antibodies or antigens for the infection were present in the sample at the time it was collected.

If you receive a Reactive result for syphilis, Hepatitis C and/or HIV, you MUST contact your local GP or healthcare provider for further treatment and confirmatory diagnosis as soon as possible.

If you receive a Non-reactive result, this means that the antibodies and antigens were NOT present in your sample at the time of collection.

If you receive a Non-reactive result but believe you have been exposed to an STI, we recommend that you take another test after 12 weeks (3 months).

Please note: If you have ordered our Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test your results will tell you whether the three pathogens included in the price of your test were detected in your sample. The results of your HIV test will show whether HIV-1, HIV-2 and p24 early detection markers were present in your sample at the time it was collected.

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

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.

However, this does not include syphilis, HIV, or Hepatitis C.

The organisms we are required to report to Public Health England 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 include the individual’s full name, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, and postcode.

Yes, you can take a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test whether you are symptomatic (experiencing symptoms) or asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms).

If you do not have symptoms, we recommend that you take a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test no sooner than 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

If you collect your sample too soon, the results of your test may not be as accurate. This is because each STI/STD has a different window period – the amount of time it takes from when you are first infected, to when an infection can be detected in a blood sample.

However, if you have started to experience symptoms, you can test immediately.

If you have no symptoms, you should take the test 7 weeks after potential exposure to an infection.

Other tests that you can take even if you do not have symptoms include our 7-panel STI test, Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test, Syphilis test, HIV Test and HIV & Syphilis test.

You can order one of these tests here.

Yes, you can take a Syphilis, Hepatitis C & HIV test or any other 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 certain STIs/STDs including syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV can be passed on to the baby during pregnancy or delivery.

You can still collect your blood sample while you are pregnant, and your test result will be just as conclusive as if you weren’t pregnant.

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

However, if you receive a Reactive result, you MUST let your partner know as soon as possible 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.

If you have received a Reactive result for any of the pathogens included in this test (syphilis, Hepatitis C and/or HIV), you MUST contact your GP or local sexual health clinic for confirmatory testing, further guidance and treatment options as soon as possible. 

Confirmatory testing is essential for anyone who receives a Reactive result in order to provide a diagnosis and determine whether you have a current or past infection. Although extremely rare, it is possible to receive a false positive result for this test.

You should also abstain from sexual contact, to avoid passing the infection(s) on to other people and contact any sexual partners as soon as possible to inform them of the result.

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