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Free STI home testing kits

If you are worried that you might have a STI, you may be able to get a free STI testing kit sent to your home.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are any kind of bacterial or viral infection that can be passed on through unprotected sexual contact. They can have a number of signs and symptoms however some STIs have no symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to infertility.

If you’ve had unprotected sex, after two weeks you should have an STI test (waiting two weeks will provide a more accurate result). You will also need to consider emergency contraception (you will need to seek help before 5 days after unprotected sex).

Free STI kits in England

If you are worried that you might have a STI, you may be able to get a free STI kit sent to your home.

Each STI kit will be different as it will depend on what is available in your area. Some may only provide Chlamydia testing, whilst others may offer Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis tests. Make sure to check the provider website for the most up-to-date information on the type of test offered and age criteria.

North East England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Newcastle upon Tyne16-24Chlamydiahttp://www.checkyourbits.org.uk/order-a-test/
County Durham & Darlington; Gateshead; Sunderland16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
North Tyneside; Northumberland16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/sexual-health-services/services-and-information/sexual-health-contraception/get-your-chlamydia-kit/
Gateshead & South Tyneside16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://www.stsft.nhs.uk/services/sexual-health-services/request-screening-pack
Teeside16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.thesexualhealthhub.co.uk/stis/at-home-sti-test-kit/
North West England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
St Helens16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttp://www.getiton.org.uk/Pages/Order-Kit.aspx
Rotherham16-24Chlamydia http://www.rotherhamchlamydia.co.uk/order-a-chlamydia-testing-kit.php
East Riding of Yorkshire; Kingston upon Hull‚ City of 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://conifersexhealth.co.uk/microsite/kit-request/new
BlackpoolAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://lancashiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/testing-options/
Calderdale; HuddersfieldAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://sexualhealth.cht.nhs.uk/services/home-screening/request-a-home-test-for-chlamydia-screening/ 
Bradford; Cheshire East; Halton; Knowsley; Warrington16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Barnsley; Wakefield; Wigan & LeighAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://spectrumhealth.org.uk/services/sexual-health/chlamydia-screening-kit/
Lancashire (exc. Blackburn with Darwen)All ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://lancashiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/testing-options/
Blackburn with Darwen16-24Chlamydiahttps://lancashiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/request-a-postal-chlamidya-kit/
North Yorkshire16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/north-yorkshire/north-yorkshire-home/online-booking-and-testing/requesting-a-testing-kit/
York16-24Chlamydia https://www.freetest.me/chlamydia/york
Leeds16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea https://leedssexualhealth.com/wheretogo/self-testing-postal-kits
Kirklees16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/free-sti-home-testing-kits/ 
LiverpoolChlamydia, Gonorrhoea   https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/physical-health-services/sexual-health/love-is-infectious/
Sefton16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.seftonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/send-me-my-free-kit-now/
Wirral16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk/postal-kit/
Sheffield16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.sh.uk/ 
Bolton16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.takeatestuk.com/customers/bolton/
Doncaster16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://www.tficlear.co.uk/order-a-free-test-kit/
Greater Manchester; Stockport; Tameside; Trafford16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/order-a-home-sti-test-kit
Manchester (City)19 and underChlamydia, Gonorrhoea https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=S2A4YOEixkK3TmVcYQTmMV4uonb62RVCrbcYOY7TDv1UNkFKQ0RUTVVQVVE5VTZHQzU4WE1CMlgwVSQlQCN0PWcu
Bury; Cheshire West and Chester; Oldham; Rochdale16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.thesexualhealthhub.co.uk/stis/at-home-sti-test-kit/
East Midlands
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Lincolnshire15-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://lincolnshiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/self-serve-testing
Derby City & Derbyshire; Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Ashfield; Bassetlaw; Broxtowe; Corby; Daventry; East Northamptonshire; Gedling; Kettering; Mansfield; Newark & Sherwood; Northampton; Nottingham; Rushcliffe; South Northamptonshire; Wellingborough16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.freetest.me/
North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.thesexualhealthhub.co.uk/stis/at-home-sti-test-kit/
West Midlands
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Dudley18-25Chlamydia https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=S2A4YOEixkK3TmVcYQTmMYYwOEfsT8FPhSQBqjIOcXJUQ1hRVEtGR0VTVjlJSkwyQjdTVlk0TVMyNSQlQCN0PWcu 
Herefordshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://sexualhealthservices4herefordshire.co.uk/freetestme/
Shropshire; Staffordshire; Telford & Wrekin; Worcestershire 16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Birmingham; Solihull16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://umbrellahealth.co.uk/our-services/chlamydia-screening
Wolverhampton16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.embracewolverhampton.nhs.uk/stis-and-hiv/getting-tested-for-stis/order-your-home-sti-test-kit/
Coventry; North Warwickshire; Nuneaton & Bedworth; Rugby; Sandwell; Stratford-on-Avon; Warwick16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.freetest.me/
Walsall16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.walsallsexualhealth.co.uk/order-your-testing-kit/
East of England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Essex; Hertfordshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Luton; Peterborough 16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.freetest.me/
Cambridgeshire; Central Bedfordshire; Norfolk; Suffolk 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.icash.nhs.uk/contraception-sexual-health/postal-self-test-kits
Thurrock16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.thurrocksexualhealthservice.org.uk/
London and Greater London
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Hillingdon16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Croydon16-24Chlamydiahttps://www.freetest.me/
Greenwich18+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.greenwichsexualhealth.org/home_sti_kits/
Barking and Dagenham; Barnet; Bexley; Brent; Bromley; Camden; City of London; Ealing; Enfield; Hackney; Hammersmith & Fulham; Haringey; Harrow; Havering; Hounslow; Islington; Kensington & Chelsea; Kingston upon Thames; Lambeth; Lewisham; Merton; Newham; Redbridge; Richmond upon Thames; Southwark; Sutton; Tower Hamlets; Waltham Forest; Wandsworth; Westminster16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.shl.uk/
South East England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
West Berkshire18+HIV / HIV and Syphilishttp://www.timetotest.org.uk/postal-testing.php
Oxfordshire18+Chlamydiahttps://chlamydia.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/ 
Milton Keynes15-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeahttps://mksexualhealth.co.uk/online-chlamydia-test-ordering/
Bracknell Forest; East Berkshire; Medway; Windsor and Maidenhead16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://sh24.org.uk/
Eastbourne; Hastings; Isle of Wight; Lewes; Rother; Wealden16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.freetest.me/
Surrey15+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/sexual-health/sexually-transmitted-infections
Kent16+ https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/sexual-health
Hampshire; Portsmouth; Southampton15+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/worried-about-stis/order-a-test-online/
Reading; Slough; Wokingham  https://www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk/sexual-health-matters/order-sti-home-test-kit/
West Sussex16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis https://www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/order-a-free-online-sti-self-test-kit-here/online-testing-information/ 
Buckinghamshire15-24Chlamydia https://www.tht.org.uk/our-services/phone-and-post/free-chlamydia-postal-test-kits
East Sussex16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphiliswww.eastsussexsexualhealth.co.uk
South West England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Bath & North East Somerset; Bournemouth; Christchurch; East Devon; East Dorset; Exeter; Mendip; Mid Devon; North Devon; North Dorset; Poole; Purbeck; Sedgemoor; South Hams; South Somerset; Swindon; Taunton Deane; Teignbridge; Torbay; Torridge; West Devon; West Dorset; West Somerset; Weymouth and Portland; Wiltshire16+Chlamydiahttps://www.freetest.me/
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly18+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk/get-help/sti-home-testing/#
Cheltenham; Cotswold; Forest of Dean; Gloucester; Stroud; Tewkesbury 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.sh.uk/ 
Bristol‚ City of; North Somerset; South Gloucestershire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilishttps://www.unitysexualhealth.co.uk/test-kit/

What if there isn’t a free home test option for my area?

If you can’t order a test online for free, or you’d prefer to speak to a nurse or doctor, you can visit a Brook service, local sexual health service (GUM clinic), young people’s service or your GP. Find your nearest using our find a service tool.

Another option is to use a paid-for test-at-home service, such as Fettle.

Is any of our information about STI home test kits incorrect or out of date? Please let us know by emailing website@brook.org.uk.

What happens if my results say I’ve got an STI?

Most STIs can be easily treated with antibiotics. If you test positive, you should contact your local clinic, they will encourage you to talk to your recent partners so they can be tested as well. The clinic will help you find the best way to talk to other people if you need to, and can even contact them for you through ‘partner notification’ without even mentioning your name.

Treatment for STIs
  • Chlamydia: is treated with a course of antibiotics. The two most commonly prescribed treatments are: Azithromycin (single dose) or Doxycycline (a longer course, usually two capsules a day for a week)
  • Gonorrhoea: treatment usually involves having an antibiotic injection and a single dose of antibiotic tablets
  • HIV: HIV is preventable (through using condoms) and treatable (with drugs called antiretrovirals), but it is not curable
  • Syphilis: usually treated with a single antibiotic injection or a course of injections

Most antibiotics are safe to use with hormonal contraception (like the pill, patch, injection or implant) but talk to the person prescribing the treatment to make sure.

Tell the nurse or doctor if you are pregnant or think you may be, or if you are breastfeeding. This will affect the type of antibiotic you are given.

Side effects of antibiotics are usually very mild but may include stomach ache, diarrhoea, feeling sick and thrush.

Don’t pass it on!

You should also avoid having sex until you have been given the all-clear, to prevent you being re-infected or passing the infection on.

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