Before you collect your samples:
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 may be required.
When to collect your sample:
The sample must be collected from the initial stream of urine in the morning and returned on the same day. Do not cleanse the genital area or urinate at least 1 hour prior to collection.
The sample must be collected in the morning using the home collection kit* provided on a Monday - Thursday and returned on the same day.