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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 Tyne16-24Chlamydia
County Durham & Darlington; Gateshead; Sunderland16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
North Tyneside; Northumberland16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Gateshead & South Tyneside16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Teeside16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
North West England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
St Helens16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
East Riding of Yorkshire; Kingston upon Hull‚ City of 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
BlackpoolAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Calderdale; HuddersfieldAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea 
Bradford; Cheshire East; Halton; Knowsley; Warrington16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Barnsley; Wakefield; Wigan & LeighAll ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Lancashire (exc. Blackburn with Darwen)All ageChlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Blackburn with Darwen16-24Chlamydia
North Yorkshire16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Leeds16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
LiverpoolChlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Wirral16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Sheffield16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis 
Bolton16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Doncaster16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Greater Manchester; Stockport; Tameside; Trafford16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Manchester (City)19 and underChlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Bury; Cheshire West and Chester; Oldham; Rochdale16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
East Midlands
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Lincolnshire15-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Derby City & Derbyshire; Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Ashfield; Bassetlaw; Broxtowe; Corby; Daventry; East Northamptonshire; Gedling; Kettering; Mansfield; Newark & Sherwood; Northampton; Nottingham; Rushcliffe; South Northamptonshire; Wellingborough16-24Chlamydia
North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
West Midlands
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Herefordshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Shropshire; Staffordshire; Telford & Wrekin; Worcestershire 16-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Birmingham; Solihull16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Wolverhampton16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Coventry; North Warwickshire; Nuneaton & Bedworth; Rugby; Sandwell; Stratford-on-Avon; Warwick16-24Chlamydia
Walsall16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
East of England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Essex; Hertfordshire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Luton; Peterborough 16-24Chlamydia
Cambridgeshire; Central Bedfordshire; Norfolk; Suffolk 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Thurrock16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
London and Greater London
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
Hillingdon16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Greenwich18+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
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, Syphilis
South East England
LocationAge rangeSTIs testedProvider link
West Berkshire18+HIV / HIV and Syphilis
Milton Keynes15-24Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
Bracknell Forest; East Berkshire; Medway; Windsor and Maidenhead16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Eastbourne; Hastings; Isle of Wight; Lewes; Rother; Wealden16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Surrey15+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Hampshire; Portsmouth; Southampton15+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Reading; Slough; Wokingham
West Sussex16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis 
East Sussex16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV,
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+Chlamydia
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly18+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis
Cheltenham; Cotswold; Forest of Dean; Gloucester; Stroud; Tewkesbury 16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis 
Bristol‚ City of; North Somerset; South Gloucestershire16+Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis

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

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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