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If you are aged 16-24 and live in a Manchester City postcode, you can request a free chlamydia and gonorrhoea test kit to be sent to you by post.
Both testing and treatment are free for eligible clients. Kits are only suitable for vaginal swabs or urine samples. If you have had unprotected anal or oral sex please contact The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health & HIV Service on 0161 701 1555 so that they can advise on appropriate testing.
Please note: The current testing kits supplied are only suitable for vaginal swabs or urine samples. If you have had unprotected anal or oral sex we recommend that you contact The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health & HIV Service on 0161 701 1555 so that they can ensure that you are provided with the appropriate testing.
The kits that Brook can provide by post will test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. These are two of the most common STIs and it’s possible to have one or both of them with no symptoms.
If you know you’d like to be tested for HIV and syphilis you can order a free test kit from freetesting.hiv or contact your local sexual health clinic. For HIV testing, you need to wait 6 weeks after unprotected sex to take a test in order to get the most accurate result.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, especially if it’s with a new partner, you should have an STI test even if you don’t have any symptoms.
It can take up to two weeks for chlamydia and gonorrhoea to show up in tests. Waiting two weeks after unprotected sex to take a test will provide a more accurate result.
When talking about STIs, unprotected sex is any type of sexual contact between two or more people where a barrier method, like a condom, was not used or failed. If you used a condom but it broke or came off, this would count as unprotected sex. If you’re not sure then we recommend you test anyway – it’s better to be on the safer side.
As long as it’s been at least two weeks since unprotected sex, we recommend that you complete and return your test as quickly as possible. That way you’ll know sooner if you need to access treatment.
Remember: if you have unprotected sex again after you have taken the test, you will need to do a new test.
These tests are for people who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic).
If you have any symptoms, please contact The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health & HIV Service on 0161 701 1555.
They will be able to support you with free testing and treatment.
Treatment for chlamydia can be accessed from Brook Manchester following a telephone consultation.
Treatment for chlamydia is free and is often possible to send by post, meaning there is no need to visit the clinic.
Brook will refer you to an appropriate service if treatment for gonorrhoea is required.
Treatment for gonorrhoea is free.
All sexual health services are confidential. This includes STI testing and treatment. Read more about your rights when accessing sexual health services.
In order to supply and process your test, Brook will need to share your information with The Doctor’s Laboratory (TDL). We will ask you to confirm that you are happy with this before submitting your test request.
If you do not receive a text within 10 days of sending back your kit, or if you have any other questions or problems, you can get in touch with Brook Manchester on 0161 237 3001.