Box with blood lancets

HIV and syphilis test bundle

Blood test

£54.00
Delivery included

Test for 2 STIs with one blood sample from a finger prick.

Save money by buying these tests in one bundle.

Get your results by text within 72 hours of your sample arriving at the lab.

HIV blood test £27.00
Syphilis blood test £27.00
If you have had syphilis in the past, we can test for new infections.

You can choose to add test kits for other infections at the checkout.

What happens next

Free discreet delivery

We’ll deliver your order by 1st Class post in discreet packaging.

Test at home

You'll get everything you need in the test kit. Follow the simple steps and post your samples to our lab in the Freepost box.

Results and support by text

We’ll send your results within 72 hours of your samples arriving at our lab. Get support by text whenever you need it. Our clinicians are here to help.

Support whenever you need it

If you have a positive result, our clinical team will help you access treatment locally.

What our users say

Great service. Removed an awkward barrier. I'm sure the service has helped many people test.

Anonymous
UK2022

Extremely professional and efficient service. Very responsive. Open 7 days a week so great if you work long hours.

Anonymous
UK2022

I think it is a great initiative. I've always wanted to know my status, but stigma and fear (especially in my home country) stopped me from getting tested. The privacy was comforting.

Anonymous
UK2022

I usually need sedation for blood tests as I'm very anxious with blood. Intially found using the lancet hard to work up to, but was honestly thrilled I was able to do it myself! Great service. Thank you!

Anonymous
UK2022

What's in the HIV & syphilis test kit?

For HIV & syphilis lab tests, we use a blood sample from a finger prick. You’ll find an instruction card in your kit. We only need one blood sample to test for both HIV and syphilis.

Box with instructions leaflet and blood lancets

Sterile wipes and plasters

Use the wipes to clean your fingertip before you start. You might need a small plaster for your fingertip.

Small lancets

Use the lancet to make a tiny cut in your fingertip. We send some spares in case you need to try more than once.

Blood sample tube

Drop a small amount of blood into the tube. Make sure to fill it to the line. You can use more than one finger if you need to.

Protective case and return box

It’s easy to send your sample safely to our lab. Use our protective case and Freepost box to return in any Royal Mail postbox.


How to collect a blood sample

Many people find it easier and quicker to collect their blood sample after watching this short video.

Top tips

  • make sure your hands are warm by having a bath or shower, or exercise to warm up

  • drink lots of water before you test

  • push the lancet firmly into the side of your finger. Avoid the more sensitive middle part of your fingertip

  • keep your arm as straight as you can

  • massage from your palm to your fingertip to help the blood flow

If you need more lancets, do not order a new kit. Text us and we'll send you some more.

Multiple blood tests

You can test for more than one infection with just one blood sample.

When to test

When to test for HIV

The window period for HIV can be up to 7 weeks (45 days). This means the infection may not show up in antibody tests until 7 weeks after you’ve been at risk. If you’re not sure when you might have been exposed, test now and do a second test in 7 weeks.

People can carry HIV without showing symptoms or knowing that they have it. So routine testing is important. If you have sex without condoms, particularly if you've changed partners, are a man who has sex with men, or have multiple partners, you should get tested for HIV every 3 months.

When to test for syphilis

It can take up to 12 weeks (84 days) for syphilis infection to show up in a test. If you're not sure when you might have been exposed, do a test now, and another test after the 12 week window period.

Syphilis is not as common as other STIs but there are a growing number of cases in the UK. Get tested if you’ve had unprotected sex, particularly if you are a man who has sex with men or you have multiple partners, as you are likely to be at higher risk of infection.

If you've had syphilis before, make sure you tell us about it when you order. We'll make sure you get the right kind of test.

Symptoms

Symptoms of HIV

HIV can cause flu-like symptoms a few weeks after infection. After this, people living with HIV may live symptom free for years. As HIV develops, the immune system becomes weaker. This can become serious, making it hard to fight common infections. 

People living with HIV are more likely to develop some cancers. In its final stage, HIV infection will develop into AIDS. Common infections could become fatal, as the body is too weak to fight them off.

Symptoms of syphilis

Many people will not notice any symptoms. But without treatment, syphilis can have life threatening consequences.

The infection has 3 stages - primary, secondary and late stage. Each stage has different symptoms.

Primary syphilis causes an ulcer and swelling of lymph glands. The ulcer is very infectious but it usually does not hurt. It will eventually disappear without needing treatment. Some people will not notice it.

Secondary syphilis can cause a skin rash, often on the trunk of your body, palms of your hands or soles of your feet. And swelling of lymph glands.

Late syphilis can happen from 7 to 30 years after getting the infection. It can affect bones, skin, the heart or the central nervous system. This stage can be Iife threatening.

Treatment

Treatment for HIV

Modern treatment options mean most people living with HIV have a long and healthy life. Most treatments involve antiviral medications. These don’t cure HIV but can reduce the level of virus in your blood to ‘undetectable’ levels.

This means you can’t pass on HIV to other people. HIV treatment works best when it's started straight after diagnosis.

Getting treatment for syphilis

Syphilis is treated by antibiotic injections or tablets. If your test shows you might have a syphilis infection, one of our clinicians will call you to talk through the next steps and help you find a clinic. You'll need to have a blood test to confirm the infection and what stage it's at.

If you have syphilis or any STI, you should tell your sexual partners and anyone you’ve had sex with in the last 6 months. It’s important they get tested and treated as they could have the infection without knowing it.

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