Getting an STI test is a really important part of looking after your own health, and your partners. Luckily, it is even quicker and easier than before: you can order your test online, and do it yourself, at home! See our guide, below 😊
Why should I get tested?
STIs can be passed on through all types of sex (anal, vaginal and oral), sexual contact and sharing sex toys. They are quite common and can often have no obvious symptoms, so someone could have one without knowing about it. The good news is, testing is quick and easy and most STIs can be treated with antibiotics.
Remember: condoms and dams are the best way to protect yourself from STIs. See our quick guide on
Who can get a test?
Online tests are available for people aged 16 and over in Stoke-on-Trent and some surrounding areas (including Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Derbyshire and Cheshire).
SH:24 will recommend tests for you based on your circumstances. The kit you receive can test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV.
We recommend that you wait a minimum of two weeks after having unprotected sex/sexual contact before getting tested, as some STIs won’t show up on a test straight away. Syphilis and HIV can take longer to show up on a test, so may want to take a second test after three months.
How do I get tested?
It’s really easy to get tested; you can do it in your own home!
All you need to do is:
Fill in the online form and order your testing kit
Take your test, once you have received it through the post - Follow the instructions to complete your test kit
Post your test back (for free)
Is the test easy to do?
The test is simple, and the kit comes with instructions for you to follow. With some tests, you will also be sent a video to help you. You will need to do a urine (wee) test or vaginal swab, and some people will also have a finger prick blood test to do. Don’t worry – it is quick, easy and isn’t painful. You can watch a demo video of this test below.
How do I get my results?
Your results will be sent to you in a text message.
What if I need treatment?
Your results text message will tell you if you need any treatment. If this happens, SH:24 will let you know how you can access it, some treatments can be posted to you; for others you will need to make an appointment at your local sexual health clinic. This will all be free and confidential, meaning your results won't be shared with your GP or added to hospital records. You will be asked for any contact details you can give for people you have had sexual contact with, this is important so that they can be contacted and advised to complete a test. Your name, or any details which could identify you, will not be mentioned when they are contacted.