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If you have had unprotected sex with someone or you think you may have come into contact with an STI - then it’s time to get yourself tested.

Sexual health checks are available for free at your local GP or sexual health clinic; however, if you aren’t able to visit in opening hours, you live in a remote location or you just don’t want to talk to someone face to face about it then an at-home STI kit can help.

Superdrug’s Online Doctor offers a completely confidential service where you can order a range of at-home kits for a range of sexually infected diseases, including HIV, and have the results sent back to you within a matter of days.

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Which STD’s Can I Test Myself For?

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK and many people who have it don’t experience any symptoms at all. Which is why if you have unprotected sex it’s always best to get checked out.

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that can be passed from person to person through unprotected sex and sharing sex toys. Unlike chlamydia, gonorrhoea does have symptoms including discharge, pain when you wee and for women, bleeding when you’re not on your period.

This combined test is simple to complete at home as all it requires is a urine sample from men and a swab from women. Your samples will then need to be sent back to our lab for analysis and your results will be back with you in 2-3 working days.

HPV

HPV (human papilloma virus) is a sexually transmitted virus. Some strains can cause genital warts, whereas other strains of the virus can increase your risk of cervical cancer. There are around 100 different types of HPV, 40 that effect just the genital area. HPV generally doesn’t come with any symptoms, so you may not know you are affected unless you get tested.

The at-home kit available from our service looks at the strain of the virus that is associated with cervical cancer and requires you to supply a vaginal swab. Results will be sent back to you within 7 working days of the lab receiving your sample.

HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight against everyday infections. If you think you may have been exposed to the HIV virus through unprotected sex, you should seek medical advice immediately, but you can also order an at-home kit.  To complete the test, you will need to send our lab a small sample of blood, which will be analysed, and the results will be with you in 3-5 working days.

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Genital Herpes

Symptoms of genital herpes are a little more obvious than other STIs. It could include small blisters that eventually burst, tingling, itching or stinging around your genitals or pain when you pee. Symptoms can take months, sometimes years, to appear so getting yourself the all clear is the best way to be sure you’re not infected. If you have been diagnosed with genital herpes, the sad fact is they could come back at a later date once they clear up.

If you have been tested positive for genital herpes, you can order antivirus treatment from Superdrug’s Online Doctor.

Syphilis

Syphilis comes with some rather noticeable symptoms, including small painless sores or ulcers around your genitals, a blotchy red rash on the palm of your hands or soles of your feet, small skin growths or white patches in the mouth.

To place an order for a syphilis self-test kit, you will need to complete a short questionnaire which will be reviewed by a Superdrug Online Doctor who will check your eligibility and prescribe you suitable treatment.

Combined and Extended Tests

Along with our singular STI and combined chlamydia and gonorrhoea tests, you will also find a variety of combined at home test via Superdrug’s Online Doctor.

The Extended STI Test Kit tests for a range of common infections in one go and still only needs one sample to be sent back to complete the test.  We also have STI kits specifically designed for woman and one for men who have sex with men.

How Do I Order a Kit?

To order your test kits from Superdrug Online Doctor, you will need to submit a brief questionnaire to ensure our registered doctors can help treat you safely. Once this has been submitted, our doctor will review your medical assessment to determine if you are suitable for the test kit. If you are medically unsuitable, we will issue you a full refund. Please be aware, our test kits are suitable for those who are 18 years old or older only.

If our doctors give your submission the go-ahead, we will send your test kit out to you, in discreet packaging for your peace of mind, either to an address of your choice or you can collect it from your local Superdrug store.

When your test arrives, it will include full and complete instructions, a return label and a self-addressed envelope so you can post your sample back to the lab with ease.

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