At Simple Online Pharmacy, we offer a range of STI home test kits that you can take from the comfort of your home. These are confidential and convenient and you’ll be given the test results within 5-7 days.
Our range of home STI kits include at home chlamydia test kits, gonorrhoea tests kits, syphilis test kits, HIV test kits and more. Our online doctors can also prescribe treatments for chlamydia, genital herpes, and genital warts.
About Home STI Test Kits
When you order an STI kit with us, you’ll be sent a test kit in discreet packaging. Once you complete the test, simply post your sample to our affiliated lab to analyse. Our clinical pharmacist will receive your results within 5 to 7 working days and then personally contact you to discuss whether you have tested positive for an infection and what steps to take next.
If you have a new sexual partner, have had unprotected sex, or think you may have been exposed to an STI, we recommend that you get tested.
How to take a self-test at home
Depending on the type of test you’re taking, you may be instructed to give a urine sample, take a swab, or provide a blood sample. To take a blood sample, some kits will contain a small lancet. You can use this to prick your finger and collect the blood drops in the sample bottle provided.
Each kit will contain all the equipment you need to self-test accurately and safely. Follow the instructions that come with your kit and post your sample to our affiliated laboratory to analyse. Once our pharmacists receive the analysis, you will be contacted to discuss your results and any further steps you need to take.
Tips for taking a finger-prick blood sample
Some people can struggle when trying to take a finger-prick blood sample. Here are a few tips to help:
- Taking a hot shower or bath before collecting the sample can improve blood flow
- For the hand you’ll prick, keep your arm straight and below your waist if you can
- After pricking your finger, squeeze the full length of your finger rather than just the tip
- Pricking the side of your fingertip may be more comfortable than pricking the centre
Many people who have an STI will experience no symptoms. This is why if you are sexually active it is important to get STI testing regularly to make sure you do not have an STI. This regular STD check helps to catch infections earlier which means they can be treated sooner.
Some STIs can be easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics, like with chlamydia treatment. Whereas others, like HIV, have no cure but can be treated to stop them from getting worse.
Although some people may not experience symptoms with chlamydia, if it’s left untreated then it can cause fertility problems in women. Gonorrhoea is another STI that may not cause symptoms but can cause fertility problems.
If you experience any of the symptoms below, you should get tested.
In men and women:
- Spots, lumps, sores or blisters around the anus or genitals
- Pain when urinating
- Burning, itching or other unusual sensations around the genitals
- Green or yellow vaginal discharge
- Discharge with a strong odour
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, or bleeding after sex
- Pain in the lower stomach
- Pain during sex
- Irritation of the urethra
- Discharge from the penis
Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts and genital herpes are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. STIs are more common in young people. STIs can be pass from person to person through sexual contact such as anal, vaginal, and oral sex.
Other ways to get tested
Apart from getting an at home STD test kit, you can also visit your sexual health clinic to be tested in person. The NHS provides free STD testing from local sexual health clinics. In England, you can search for your local sexual health service on the NHS website. You can also search for clinics in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The NHS website contains further information on visiting a sexual health clinic. Some people find ordering an online STI test easier and more convenient.