Before you collect your sample:
STIs can take a period of time to become detectable. You should wait at least 4 weeks from the time of potential exposure to infection before collecting your sample.
Please note that syphilis and hepatitis B can take 12 weeks to become detectable. If you are concerned about these infections, you should wait at least 12 weeks from the time of potential exposure before collecting your sample.
If you are concerned about possible exposure to one of these infections you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive a test result. For some infections, retesting after treatment for a positive result may be required.
This is not antibody testing and will only identify an active outbreak in the genital area. The test results will not show if you have been exposed to herpes in the past or if you have an infection elsewhere.
When to collect your sample:
The sample must be collected in the morning using the home collection kit* provided on a Monday - Thursday and returned on the same day.
For your urine sample please make sure to collect the initial stream of urine in the morning before cleansing the genital area and do not urinate at least 1 hour prior to collection.