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Gonorrhoea test

Swab or urine test

£29.00
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.

Select the tests you need:

Choose a vaginal swab or urine sample later.

Swab sample from your mouth and throat.

Swab sample from your rectum, sometimes called an anal swab.

You can add tests for other infections to your basket before completing your order.

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.

Get results in 72 hrs

We’ll contact you with your test results within 72 hours, usually by text. If you need support or advice, our specialist 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

Fantastic service!! I felt very much at ease throught the process. Instructions were very clear on the tests and results were incredibly quick! Will definitely reccomend!

Anonymous
UK2022

The whole process was so easy from start to finish. Everything was done professionally and communication was excellent.

Anonymous
UK2022

You have an amazing, thoughtful user experience! I would have been too busy to take this test 'in real life' so it was great to have something I could do quickly and on my own schedule.

Anonymous
UK2022

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.

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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.

Urine sample

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

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

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

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.

What is antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea?

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.

How accurate are the STI tests?

Our simple home 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.

Who sees my details?

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 that used by NHS staff. Your results will never be shared with anyone else without your permission.

How will I get my results?

Most people get their test results by text, within 72 hours of our lab processing your samples. In some cases, one of our clinical team will arrange a time to call you to talk about your test results and treatment.

Will having an STI affect my pregnancy?

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.

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

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