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Home STI testing

Home STI testing kits are available to the majority of Luton postcode residents. You order online and it will be sent to your home.

Who can get a kit?

Home STI testing kits are available to the majority of Luton postcode residents.

Kits are available to ALL AGES from 16 or above.

If you are aged 16-17 you may not be able to access blood testing. Please see “What infections does it test for?” section for more details. However you can have a full STI test (including bloods) in our clinic at any age.

Home STI testing is available to people of any gender (including trans /non-binary people).


Non-eligible postcodes

If you live in Slip End, Caddington, Streatley, Dunstable or anywhere else in Bedfordshire, you will need to order via the iCaSH website

If you live in Hertfordshire, you will need to order via the SH24 website.

If you live in any other county, you can check on freetest.me whether they provide kits in your area, or search online for local testing services.

How do I get a kit?

Please follow this link to order a kit. You will be asked a few questions to determine the best tests for you.

If you are experiencing any issues ordering a kit, please call freetest.me on 0333 344 4462 and leave a message.

Please make sure you order with all the correct details such as name, date of birth and address, otherwise we may have difficulty contacting you or performing an ID check if we need to speak with you about your results.

Once ordered, the kit will be delivered by Royal Mail and posted through your letterbox. It will be in discrete packaging.

What infections does it test for?

All kits test for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

If you are 18 or over, or are a male who has sex with men (any age), you will also be offered a blood test for Syphilis and HIV. If you are not within these categories, you can have a blood test in our clinic.

If you have had Syphilis in the past, you will not be able to test for it via home testing. You will need to have a blood test in clinic to determine if there is any new infection.

If you already know you are HIV positive, your blood sample will not be tested for HIV.

Window periods

Following sex without a condom there is a ‘window period’ in which it may be too early for STI’s to be detected by the tests.

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can take up 2 weeks to show up in a urine or swab test
  • Syphilis can take up to 12 weeks (3 months) to show up on a blood test
  • HIV can take up to 90 days to show up on a Point of Care Test (finger prick or saliva)

We recommend that you wait at least 2 weeks after having sex without a condom sex to do an STI screen. You may need to repeat some tests at a later date if you are still inside the testing ‘window period’.

What does the kit contain?

The kit will contain all the equipment and instructions you need. The equipment will vary depending on what tests are best for you, determined by the questions you answer when ordering.

  • Urine collection container (for people with penises) or swab (for people with vaginas)
  • May also contain swabs for rectum and throat samples if you are a male who has sex with men
  • May contain a finger prick blood test

If you need more information about taking the samples, please watch the instructional videos here

Once you have done your tests, put it in the postbox and it will be sent back to the testing lab. Please make sure you fill out all required information such as the date you took the samples, otherwise the lab may not be able to process your tests.

Updates on my kit

For updates on the progress of your testing kit, please visit the tracking page

You will be able to see when your kit has arrived at the lab, and if it is in the process of being tested.

You will be contacted with your results once the processing is complete.

If you change your mobile number before you receive your results, please email h.advisors@nhs.net so that we can update your details. Please include the below information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode
  • Kit number (starts with PX)

Under 16’s

If you are 15 or over, you can pick up a testing kit from various pharmacies in Luton, or from our Outreach Education Team if they visit your place of education. These kits are part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme, and will test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. If you need a blood test for Syphilis or HIV, you can have this done in clinic.

If you are under 15, please visit us in clinic for all of your testing.