Gonorrhoea test

Swab or urine test

Delivery included

Choose a vaginal swab or urine sample test kit when you order

Test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia with one test, at no extra cost

Test at least 2 weeks after unprotected sex for most accurate results

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

Gonorrhoea can be spread by unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex.

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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.

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What's in the gonorrhoea self-test kit?

To test at home you’ll take a swab from your mouth, anus or vagina. Or you can send a urine sample. You’ll find an instruction card in your kit. Read the instructions carefully so your tests are accurate.

Urine sample

Use this to test for genital gonorrhoea. Pee into the sample tube then screw the lid on tightly.

Vaginal swab

Use this to test for genital gonorrhoea. Gently wipe the soft cotton tip of the swab around the walls of your vagina.

Rectal swab

Use this to test for gonorrhoea in your bottom (anus). Gently insert the soft cotton tip of the swab into your anus and rotate it for about 10 seconds. Take care not to snap the swab.

Oral swab

Use this to test for gonorrhoea in your throat. Sweep the soft cotton swab around the back of your mouth and throat, where your tonsils are.

Sample tubes and return box

It’s easy to return your samples safely. Put each sample in its protective tube and use the Freepost box to send your samples to our lab.

Gonorrhoea: the basics

When to test for gonorrhoea

It can take up to 2 weeks (14 days) after sexual contact for a gonorrhoea infection to show up in a test. If you test before this, your test will not be accurate.

Most people have no symptoms, so you may not know that you have an infection. We recommend testing when you have a new sexual partner. If you change partners regularly, test every 3 months (12 weeks). And if you do not change partners regularly, test once a year.

How to reduce your risk of gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is passed from one person to another through oral, vaginal or anal sex. You won’t get it from kissing, hugging, sharing towels or baths, as the bacteria do not survive outside the body for very long.

Condoms are the best way to protect yourself from gonorrhoea. Test regularly to make sure you’re not passing on the infection without knowing it.

Getting treatment for gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is treated with an antibiotic injection. If you get a positive result, we’ll help you get treatment from your nearest clinic. 

You should tell all of your sexual partners from the last 6 months. They could have gonorrhoea without knowing it. If you test positive, we’ll send you a link to our anonymous partner notification service. We make it easier to tell your sexual partners so they can get tested and treated.

Between December 2021 and February 2022, 4 cases of antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea were found in the UK. These are cases that cannot be treated with the antibiotic ceftriaxone, which is given to people who test positive for the infection.

Our simple home STI test kits are highly accurate when you:

  • wait the recommended window period before you test

  • follow the kit instructions carefully

  • complete additional tests in a clinic setting, if recommended by our clinicians.

Your samples are sent to our partner laboratory to be processed by specialist technicians. We use similar tests that are used by many NHS clinics.

If you are experiencing any STI symptoms, you should visit your local sexual health clinic for further testing and examination.

Regardless of whether you have an infection or not, only our clinicians and service managers will see your test results.

All our staff sign a data protection agreement, similar to the ones used by NHS staff. Your results will never be shared with anyone else without your permission.

Most people are sent their results by text. In some cases, one of our clinicians will call you to talk about your results and treatment. We’ll always text you first to agree on a good time to speak.

Women are offered routine testing for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis early in pregnancy as part NHS antenatal care. Testing for these infections in pregnancy is particularly important as they can be passed from mother to baby during birth.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are common infections in the general population. If you think you may have been at risk of either of these then testing during pregnancy can be a good idea. You may discuss testing with your GP, midwife or local sexual health service. Alternatively you can complete a home test without risk to your pregnancy.

Treating any infections during pregnancy will reduce or remove the risk of passing these onto your baby. Your midwife may also suggest changes to your birth plan (for example, by planned caesarean section) to reduce the risk of transmission of some infections. You can talk to your midwife or doctor about any concerns at your routine antenatal appointments.

Written by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse
Reviewed by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director, SH:24

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