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Choose your test…

Standard

Choose Enhanced Test for £25

  • Get your test result within 48 hours
  • Get tested for the two most common sexually transmitted infections (STI’s); Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

Enhanced

Choose Enhanced Test for £45

  • Receive your test result within 24 hours
  • Get tested for four of the most common STI’s; Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma and Trichomoniasis

How does the NorthGene™ STI test service work

Order your test online
Order your test using the online form by choosing the Standard or Enhanced Test option above. If you order before 3pm your test kit will be shipped immediately and should arrive with you the following day (dependent upon Royal Mail service).
Supply your test samples from home
Your test kit will arrive in plain packaging and include easy to follow instructions on how to take a sample. Once complete simply seal your sample in the pre-labeled packaging supplied.
Post your sample to NorthGene™
Pop your sample in the pre-labeled, pre-paid tamper proof packaging supplied and post it back to NorthGene.
Get your results by email

Once we receive your samples they will be tested immediately. On test completion the result will be emailed to you within 24  hours of us receiving your samples if you have selected our Enhanced service or 48 hours if you have ordered our Standard service.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the NorthGene™ STI Test Kit
Our Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing kits require either a urine or a vaginal swab sample that you will collect in your own home and send back to us.  Everything you need, including a return postage paid box to return the sample, is provided with the kit.
When to test
You may choose to take an STI test because you have changed partner recently, have symptoms, or simply wish to monitor your sexual health regularly to keep you and your partners healthy and safe.

If you are testing because of a specific event and are worried you might have caught an STI but don’t have symptoms, you should wait two weeks before testing. The infections take some time to show up and are less likely to be detected if you take the test too early.

Delivery information
  • Order before 3pm and we will send your test kit the same day. Orders received after 3pm will be sent out the following working day.
  • Your test kit will be posted to you via your choice of First Class Post or Next Day Special Delivery. The Royal Mail state that whilst they aim to deliver First Class Post the next working day it can take longer. Next Day Special Delivery will be delivered the next working day.
  • Your test results will be available within two working days after your sample arrives at our laboratory.
What the test can detect
The standard test detects the presence of:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

The enhanced test detects the presence of:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Trichomonas
  • Mycoplasma

This test is for genital infections and does not detect oral, throat, rectal or anal infections.

What is our standard STI Test?

Our standard test is a highly accurate process that checks for genital Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. This test does not detect the presence of these infections in your throat or anus.

This STI test involves taking a urine or a vaginal swab sample.

Why should I get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea?

Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, as well as other sexually transmitted infections, is important to keep yourself and your partners healthy and safe. Regular STI testing makes sure that you can get treated as soon as possible if you do pick up an infection. If left untreated, these infections can cause serious health problems, like pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

Regular STI testing

Getting tested regularly also helps you reduce the spread of these infections.

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK and making sure you get tested before having sex with a new partner helps to protect them from a potential infection. Some people choose to do a home Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test when they meet a new partner.

Advice and treatment

You may also be worried that you have been exposed to these infections if you have recently had unprotected sex. In this case, you should wait at least 14 days after potential exposure to get tested because these infections may not show up on a test before then. If you have symptoms, then you should get tested straight away and seek appropriate medical advice and treatment.

What is our enhanced STI Test?

Our enhanced test is a highly accurate process that checks for genital Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas and Mycoplasma. This test does not detect the presence of these infections in your throat or anus.

This STI test involves taking a urine or a vaginal swab sample.

Why should I get an enhanced test?

Testing for these infections, as well as other sexually transmitted infections, is important to keep yourself and your partners healthy and safe. Regular STI testing makes sure that you can get treated as soon as possible if you do pick up an infection. If left untreated, these infections can cause serious health problems, like pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

Our Enhanced test gives you the peace of mind of testing for four of the most common STIs and provides your result, by email, within one working day of receipt of your sample.

Regular STI testing

Getting tested regularly also helps you reduce the spread of these infections.

These infections are very common in the UK and making sure you get tested before having sex with a new partner helps to protect them from a potential infection. Some people choose to do a test when they meet a new partner.

Advice and treatment

You may also be worried that you have been exposed to these infections if you have recently had unprotected sex. In this case, you should wait at least 14 days after potential exposure to get tested because these infections may not show up on a test before then. If you have symptoms, then you should get tested straight away and seek appropriate medical advice and treatment.

Which test should I choose?

The most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections in the UK are Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and we test for these in our standard and enhanced services. However, for your peace of mind we recommend the enhanced test which also covers Trichomonas and Mycoplasma. These are less common but serious infections which if left undetected can become more difficult to treat.

How does the test work?
Your STI testing kit is easy to use. When you order the kit, it will be delivered to an address of your choice in discreet packaging – there will be no way to identify the contents of the packaging without opening it.

What do we analyse?

We use a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect any DNA from the infection in the sample you provide. PCR tests are the gold-standard method of detecting these infections.

How accurate is the STI test?

The tests are very accurate and, if used correctly at the right time, they can detect up to 100% of infections, according to laboratory data.

How do you take a vaginal swab?

What’s in the Kit

Swab (Female)

Vaginal Swab

Sample Tube

Sample Tube

Security Seal

Security Seal

Sample Bag

Sample Bag

 

Taking the test is simple, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Wash your hands and unpack the kit on a clean surface.
  2. Unpack the Vaginal swab – do not touch the cotton tip. Holding the swab at the opposite end, carefully insert the cotton tip end of the swab about 2 inches (5cm) into your vagina. Gently rotate the swab for about 20 seconds, making sure it touches the walls of the vagina so that the moisture is absorbed by the swab.
  3. Remove the swab and insert the soft end of it into the Sample collection tube, snapping the swab handle where it is marked. Discard the swab handle.
  4. Tightly close the Sample tube and write your name and date of birth on the label.
  5. Place the Sample tube in the Bag. Seal the Bag by pulling the white backing away from the top and folding the adhesive strip downwards.
  6. Place the Bag, together with the completed form overleaf, into the Postage paid returns box and seal where indicated with the Security seal.
How do you take a urine test

What’s in the Kit

Funnel

Urine cup

Pipette

Pipette

Sample Tube

Sample tube

Security Seal

Security seal

Sample Bag

Bag with absorbent pad

 

Taking the test is simple, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Wash your hands and unpack the kit on a clean surface.
  2. Open the Urine collection cup and pass a small amount of urine into it.
  3. Using the pipette provided, extract some urine and fill the Sample tube to the lines on the side. Discard the Pipette and the Urine cup.
  4. Tightly close the Sample tube and write your name and date of birth on the label.
  5. Place the Sample tube in the Bag. Seal the Bag by pulling the white backing away from the top and folding the adhesive strip downwards.
  6. Place the Bag, together with the completed form overleaf, into the Postage paid returns box and seal where indicated with the Security seal.
When should I get tested?
You should get tested if you think there is a chance you could have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection.

For example, you should get tested if:

  • you have had unprotected sex with a new partner
  • you or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
  • you or your partner have symptoms of an STI
  • a sexual partner present or previous tells you they have an STI
  • you’re planning on getting pregnant or are already pregnant, as it is important to protect yourself and your baby from infections
How soon after unprotected sex can I test for an STI?

You should take a test 14 days after you have had unprotected sex unless you already have symptoms. This is because the infections have an incubation period, meaning they may not show up on a test if you take it too early. To get the most accurate results you need to wait for 2 weeks after exposure to get tested.

There is a small chance that the infection may not show up on a test and give you a negative result if you test too early. Therefore, if you receive a negative result, you should take a second test six weeks later to confirm your result.

How long after known exposure should I get tested for an STI?

You should carry out an at home test 14 days after you think you may have been exposed to an STI or had unprotected sex. If you have symptoms you can take a test straight away.

 

How quickly will I get my results?

If you selected our Enhanced service, your result will be available within one working day after we receive your sample.

If you selected our Standard service, your result will be available within two working days after we receive your sample.

We will send you your results by email to the account you registered with. Your results are confidential – we will never give results over the phone.

What do my results mean?
When you receive your results, you will be advised whether you have tested negative or positive for any of the range of STI in the test type you have bought.

What does a ‘negative’ result mean?

A negative result means that that we did not detect the tested STI in the sample that you provided. You may still have an STI if the sample was taken less than fourteen days after infection, or if your sample was not taken correctly, or if you you’ve been exposed since the sample was provided. In all these instances another test is always advised. If you have symptoms and a negative result with the standard test you may have an infection of Trichomonas or Mycoplasma which is only tested in the enhanced test. In this instance we recommend a second test but with the enhanced service.

What does a ‘positive’ result mean?

A positive result means that you do have an STI. Try not to worry as most STIs are easy to cure and all of them can be treated. You’ll need treatment as soon as possible. It’s generally best and quickest to get treatment from a sexual health clinic, but your GP might be able to treat some STIs.

We will signpost you to local services where you can get any treatment, help, and advice that you need.

Should I tell my sexual partners?

Yes, it’s also important you tell any current or recent sexual partners (advice services may be able to offer this service anonymously if needed) so that they can be tested and treated if needed.

To avoid passing the STI on, don’t have sex (even with a condom) until you’ve completed your treatment. The sexual health clinic will be able to advise how long you should wait before having sex again.

Inconclusive tests

Very occasionally, we may not be able to provide a definitive result for a test. This may be because you did not follow the instructions when providing the sample, we did not receive your sample within fourteen days or you may be using a product which interferes with the effectiveness of the test. For example certain feminine hygiene or prescription products, such as thrush treatments.

What should I do if I test positive for a STI?
The service we provide is a testing service and not a medical service. You will receive a test result for the presence or absence of Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and also for Trichomonas and Mycoplasma if you have bought that test. If you have symptoms of a STI or if we detect the presence of an STI you should seek appropriate medical advice and treatment.

Do I need to contact my partners if I test positive for and STI?

Yes, you will need to contact your sexual partners if you test positive for an STI. This is because you may have caught the infection from a partner without them being aware that they have been infected, or you may have passed these infections on unknowingly. Letting your partners know makes sure that they can get tested and treated before the infection causes serious health issues, and also prevents them from spreading these infections to you or other partners the next time they have sex. People with STI can pass the infections to others, even if they do not have symptoms themselves.

What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the UK. It is passed on by having unprotected sex (sex without a condom). It is especially common in young people, with around 60% of reported cases found in those under 25. That’s why the NHS recommend you get tested for STIs every time you change partners and at least once a year. If Chlamydia is left untreated, it can lead to infertility in both genders, and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

Most people who get Chlamydia do not know they have it because it often presents without any symptoms. However, some symptoms you may have include:

  • pain when you pee
  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or anus
  • painful and swollen testicles

Women may also have:

  • tummy pain
  • bleeding after sex
  • bleeding between periods.
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is also a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria ‘Neisseria gonorrhoeae’ or gonococcus.

How is Gonorrhoea spread?

The bacteria responsible for the infection are present in discharge from the penis and vagina. It is easily spread through unprotected sex. If left untreated, Gonorrhoea can cause long term health complications, and it can spread to other parts of the body.

What are the symptoms of Gonorrhoea?

Many people do not have symptoms if they have Gonorrhoea. It takes around two weeks for the infection to develop, so you may notice symptoms after this time.

Gonorrhoea symptoms in men include:

  • unusual white, yellow or green discharge from penis tip
  • inflamed or swollen foreskin
  • pain when peeing
  • painful, tender testicles

Gonorrhoea symptoms in women include:

  • thin, watery, green or yellow vaginal discharge
  • pain or burning feeling when peeing
  • pain in lower tummy
  • bleeding between periods
  • heavier periods
  • bleeding after sex
What is Trichomonas?
Trichomonas or “Trich” is an STI that is caused by the microbe ‘Trichomonas vaginalis’.

How is Trichomonas spread?

Sexually active people can get trich by having sex without a condom with a partner who has trich.

In women, the infection is most commonly found in the lower genital tract (vulva, vagina, cervix, or urethra). In men, the infection is most commonly found inside the penis (urethra). It is rare for the microbe to infect other body parts, like the hands, mouth, or anus.

What are the symptoms of Trichomonas?

About 70% of people with the infection do not have any signs or symptoms. When trich does cause symptoms, they can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Having trich can make sex feel unpleasant. Without treatment, the infection can last for months or even years. Treatment is simple and usually very effective.

Trichomonas symptoms in men include:

  • itching or irritation inside the penis
  • burning after peeing or ejaculating
  • discharge from the penis.

Trichomonas symptoms in women include:

  • itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals
  • discomfort when peeing
  • a clear, white, yellowish, or greenish vaginal discharge (i.e., thin discharge or increased volume) with a fishy smell
What is Mycoplasma?
Mycoplasma or “Mgen” is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria ‘Mycoplasma genitalium’. It regularly occurs together with other STI. In the past it has been difficult to detect this infection but new DNA tests (eg our enhanced) have started to show the prevalence and importance of Myocplasma. It is more difficult to treat than other infections and so early detection is very important.

How is Mycoplasma spread?

The bacteria responsible for the infection are present in discharge from the penis and vagina. It is easily spread through unprotected sex. If left untreated, Mycoplasma can cause long term health complications especially in woman which can include infertility and long-term pelvic pain.

What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma?

Many people do not have, and may never get, symptoms if they have this STI. It takes around two weeks for the infection to develop, so you may notice some symptoms after this time.

Mycoplasma symptoms in men include:

  • urethritis and unusual discharge from penis
  • pain when peeing

Mycoplasma symptoms in women include:

  • urethritis
  • vaginal discharge
  • pain when peeing
  • pelvic inflammation
  • reduced fertility

So don’t delay, order your NorthGene STI test now