What we measure
These tests look for bacteria, viruses, and parasites in your urine that cause STIs (collectively, these are called pathogens). If these pathogens are found in your urine sample, this indicates that you’ve been infected. Our Simple STI test (2-in-1) can spot signs of chlamydia and gonorrhoea, while the Comprehensive STI test (7-in-1) looks for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, ureaplasma, trichomoniasis, Gardnerella vaginalis, and herpes simplex.
This test can help indicate whether you’ve got an STI.
STIs are infections transmitted via sexual contact, usually when pathogens are passed from one person to another via bodily fluids. These pathogens can be identified in your urine.
Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STI. This is especially important because many common infections, such as chlamydia and trichomoniasis, can have no symptoms at all.
All STIs are can be either improved or cured with medication. If left untreated, some can worsen and develop into wider health problems. So, the sooner you know your status, the better.
If you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get tested regularly. Some guidelines suggest testing every year, but if you’ve changed partners, don’t have a regular partner, or are experiencing symptoms, it’s a good idea to get tested sooner.
what to expect
Your results will be fairly straightforward: they’ll tell you whether any of the pathogens tested were present in your urine and if this indicates you’ve got an STI.
It can take a bit of time for some STIs to show up in tests. The time period between getting infected and being able to detect STIs is known as the incubation period, and this can be different depending on the infection.
For most common STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, and ureaplasma, it’s recommended you wait at least two weeks after having unprotected sex before testing.
If your test comes back negative but your symptoms persist, check in with your doctor who may advise you to test again.
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Definitely, you can take this test at any point during your menstrual cycle.
It takes 3 working days to get your results for the Simple STI test and 5 working days to get results for the Comprehensive STI test.
STI tests are considered very accurate if they’re done correctly and after the incubation window. This is the amount of time it takes for an STI to be detectable by a test.
For most common STIs, the incubation window is two weeks.
Our tests meet the highest standards for safety, quality, and best practice. Each test is validated by registered clinical scientists and doctors, and we’re both CQC registered and UKAS accredited. CQC is a quality mark for health services you can trust.
The tests work by identifying specific pathogens in urine that cause STIs. Once a sample is collected (i.e., you peeing into a cup) and sent off to the lab, it’s analysed by specialist staff who will be able to see which pathogens are present.
Urine tests are one of the least invasive ways to test for STIs.
Make sure you haven’t urinated for at least an hour ahead of the test and wash your hands before collecting the sample.
Also, to ensure the test is accurate, you should take it at least two weeks after having unprotected sex. See the answer to the question: Are STI tests accurate? above for more information.