Before you collect your sample:
STIs can take a period of time to become detectable. This is called the window period. You should wait at least 4 weeks from the time of potential exposure to infection before collecting your sample.
If you are concerned about possible exposure to an STI 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.
80% of sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic (do not display any symptoms), however, if symptoms do occur, they are likely to present themselves within two weeks of infection.
You should consider testing if you experience any of the following:
Pain during sexual intercourse
Rash on the genitals and/or anus
Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
Unusual lumps or bumps around the genitals and/or anus
Change in colour of the male or female discharge
Abnormal discharge in terms of smell, consistency or volume
Strong vaginal odor