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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 they can lead to infertility.
If you are worried that you might have a STI, you may be able to get a free STI kit sent to your home. If you have symptoms, you should get in touch with your local sexual health service or GP as soon as possible.
Not all STIs have symptoms
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.Waiting two weeks after unprotected sex to take the test will provide a more accurate result. For HIV testing, you need to wait 6 weeks to take a test in order to get the most accurate result. You may also need to consider emergency contraception (you will need to seek help within 5 days of unprotected sex). Find out more about emergency contraception
Find out more about different types of STIs here.
Select the region of the UK you live in from the list below to see which providers are available in your area.
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. If 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.
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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.Another option is to use a paid-for test-at-home service, such as Fettle.
This page was last updated on 3 March 2021. Is any of our information about STI home test kits incorrect or out of date? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Age range: 16+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Visit SH:24 website
Provider: Check Your Bits
Age range: 16-24Tests for: chlamydia
Visit Check Your Bits website
Provider: Northumbria Healthcare
Age range: 16-24Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea
Visit Northumbria Healthcare website
Provider: The Sexual Health Hub
Visit The Sexual Health Hub website
Provider: Spectrum Health
Age range: all agesTests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea
Visit Spectrum Health website
Age range: 16+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis
Order a test kit from SH:24
Provider: Blackpool and Lancashire Sexual Health Services
Visit Blackpool and Lancashire Sexual Health Services website
Age range: 16-24Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Provider: Take a Test UK
Visit Take a Test UK website
Visit the Sexual Health Hub website
Provider: Calderdale Sexual Health Services
Visit Calderdale Sexual Health Services website
Provider: TFI Clear
Visit TFI Clear website
Visit Conifer website
Provider: The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health and HIV Service
Visit the Northern Contracpetion, Sexual Health and HIV Service website
Please note: There are also other providers offering STI home testing in the different areas of Greater Manchester. Scroll up for information about services in Bolton and Bury, and scroll down for information about services in Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
Visit Locala website
Age range: all agesTests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Provider: Leeds Sexual Health
Visit Leeds Sexual Health website
Provider: Brook Manchester
Order your free STI kit from Brook Manchester
Provider: Yor Sexual Health
Visit Yor Sexual Health website
Provider: The Rotherham
Visit The Rotherham website
Provider: Sefton Sexual Health Service
Visit Sefton Sexual Health Service website
Visit SH.UK website
Provider: Get It On
Age range: 16+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea
Visit Get It On website
Order your free STI kit from Brook
Visit Freetest.me website
Age Range: 16+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Provider: Lincolnshire Community Health Services
Age Range: 15-24Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea
Visit Lincolnshire Community Health Services website
Provider: Virgin Care Sexual Health Hub (North & North East Lincolnshire only)
Visit Virgin Care Sexual Health Hub website
Visit Umbrella website
Provider: Brook Dudley
Age range: 18-25Tests for: chlamydia
Order your free STI kit from Brook Dudley
Provider: Sexual Health Services 4 Herefordshire
Visit Sexual Health Services 4 Herefordshire website
Provider: Walsall Integrated Sexual Health Services
Visit Walsall Integrated Sexual Health Services website
Visit Embrace website
Visit iCaSH website
Visit Freetest.me websiteProvider: iCaSH
Provider: Thurrock Sexual Health Service
Visit Thurrock Sexual Health Service website
Provider: Sexual Health London
Visit Sexual Health London website
Provider: Greenwich Sexual Health
Visit Greenwich Sexual Health website
Provider: Terrence Higgins Trust
Age range: 15-24Tests for: chlamydia
Visit Terrence Higgins Trust website
Provider: East Sussex Sexual Health
Visit East Sussex Sexual Health website
Provider: Let’s Talk About It
Age range: 15+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Visit Let’s Talk About It website
Provider: Oxfordshire Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Testing
Age range: 18+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea
Visit Oxfordshire Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Testing website
Provider: Safe Sex Berkshire
Age range: 18+Tests for: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis
Visit Safe Sex Berkshire website
Provider: Healthy Surrey
Visit Healthy Surrey website
Provider: Sexual Health West Sussex
Visit Sexual Health West Sussex website
Age range: 16+Tests for: chlamydia
Provider: Unity Sexual Health
Visit Unity Sexual Health website
Provider: Sexual Health Cornwall
Visit Sexual Health Cornwall website
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Provider: Frisky Wales
Visit Frisky Wales website
Provider: HIV Self Test Scotland
Age Range: all agesTests for: HIV
Visit HIV Self Test Scotland website
Provider: SH:24 (Belfast only)
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.
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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