What can I do if I cannot get enough blood for the test?

We know that the blood test can be difficult at times, here are some top tips.

  • Make sure your hands are warm (shower or do some exercise just before)

  • Keep your arm straight, and when massaging your finger don't squeeze too hard.

  • When using the lancets, be brave and push firmly into your finger tip.

We also have a blood test instruction video which you may find helpful. We include three lancets in the test kit, which are used to prick your finger, so you can try a different finger if you need to.

If you are unable to collect enough blood for the sample using the three lancets provided, you can text us on 07860 041 233 for more lancets.

We understand that for some people, this method of blood collection may be challenging. In these circumstances, we recommend that you visit your local sexual health clinic where a clinician can take a blood sample for you.

A blood sample is required to test for Syphilis and/or HIV. Instructions with helpful tips on the best way to take a blood sample are included in the test kit we send out to you.

Helen Burkitt, Senior Sexual Health Nurse at SH:24
Written by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse

Last updated at: 10 March 2022