Why test at home?

A home test for STIs can be useful for a variety of reasons: Perhaps travel to a clinic is difficult due to bad weather or limited mobility, your schedule may be full, or you may prefer not to have to meet anyone face to face to undergo testing.

With Better2Know home testing you have the freedom to take your own blood sample or collect a urine sample in the privacy of your home with a kit that contains everything you need. By making a short trip to a postbox you can simply send your sample off for professional laboratory analysis by using the prepaid secure first class mail pack. Home kits can be a cost effective method of testing as the price you pay includes the kit, postage and packaging, professional laboratory analysis, and a confidential results service.

 

Choosing and buying a home test kit

You can order and pay for a home test kit online or by phone for a range of STIs, for example Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV, and there is guidance available on how to choose a Better2Know home test that is right for you. As soon as we receive your order we send out all the items you need for your chosen test, along with any documents you need, including easy-to-follow instructions. If your test requires a blood sample, you can also view a video on our website demonstrating how to use a lancet to make a small pinprick in the top of your finger, and how to use the blood sample container provided to collect a small sample of blood. For a urine test, we provide everything you need to collect your sample and pour it into a sterile container. The first class return envelope and secure packaging we include in your kit will enable the sample(s) to arrive safely and swiftly at our laboratory.

Staff in our laboratories will test your sample(s) quickly and we will contact you with results by your chosen method. This could be by telephone, email or text message. Alternatively, you can choose to contact us for your results at a time to suit you. Testing yourself at home will enable you to maintain both privacy and confidentiality in your testing and the Better2Know team are available 24 hours a day to assist you at every stage of the process. At no point do you have to provide your real name if you prefer not to. This also the case when you attend one of our clinics or one of our nurses attends your home or another preferred location. We maintain confidentiality throughout and you receive the most accurate result from all Better2Know tests.

To choose your home test, click here.

 

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