Collecting your sample

Just follow the simple instructions below, or the leaflet included in your kit. You can also follow along with our step-by-step instructional video.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Before you collect your sample

    Important written instuctions on leaflet

    You must read the written instructions and warnings included in the leaflet with your kit before you start to collect your sample.

    Please visit our website and select your kit to review the 'When to Test' section for more information on when to collect your sample.

  • Complete the details on the label

    Arrow pointing to a label on the biohazard bag

    It is important to fill in the label located on the biohazard bag with the date of collection and your date of birth and sex.

    This is essential for the lab to process your sample.

  • Prepare to collect your sample

    Shower with running water

    Ensure you are well hydrated when taking the sample. Running your hand under warm water is helpful as heat improves blood flow. Nails that are too long can make it more difficult to collect a sample.

  • Wash your hands

    Hands being wash with soapy water

    Wash your hands in warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.

    Warm hands will make it easier to collect your sample.

  • Prepare to take your sample

    Hand with a red circle around the ring finger

    Open the blood collection tube. Select the finger you will use. It may be easier to collect the sample from your left hand.

    Do not pierce or collect blood from the smallest (baby/pinky) finger, or any other body part not indicated in the instructions.

  • Prepare the lancet

    Lancet cap being twisted and removed

    Take a lancet from the bag. Twist and remove the thin tab. The lancet is now ready to use.

  • Pierce your finger

    Hand angled downwards

    Clean your finger with the alcohol swab provided and allow your finger to dry.

    Position the lancet on the rounded end of the right or left of your chosen fingertip. Press down firmly until you hear a click.

  • Wipe away the first drop of blood

    Blood droplets being collected

    Wipe away the first drop of blood with the gauze provided. Ensure your hand and arm are angled downwards.

    Firmly massage your hand and finger to form new droplets of blood. Do not touch or squeeze the finger tip.

  • Collect the sample in the blood collection tube

    Filled blood collection tube

    Lightly tap the droplets of blood against the inside of the blood collection tube. It must be filled to the top line marked on the side of the tube.

    An under-filled or over-filled blood collection tube will not be accepted.

    Note: If the blood flow stops, you will need to use the same finger on your opposite hand, or your middle finger.

  • Firmly seal the blood collection tube & mix the sample

    Biohazard sticker being peeled

    Wash your hands and apply the band-aid. Replace the lid back on the blood collection tube and press down firmly until you hear a click. Turn the tube upside down ten times to mix the sample. This is vital for the sample to be preserved for the laboratory.

  • Seal the sample in the biohazard bag

    Return envelope

    Place the blood collection tube in the biohazard bag. To seal the biohazard bag, remove the plastic strip and fold down the flap.

  • Place the biohazard bag into the kit box

    Return envelope

    Place the biohazard bag back into the LetsGetChecked kit box. Ensure you have folded the biohazard bag flap to seal it. Do not remove the white pad located in the biohazard bag. Ensure you have completed the label which is located on the biohazard bag.

  • Return the sample

    Return envelope

    Place the kit box in the return envelope provided. Check your return label for your delivery method and send the sample back on the same day.

Any questions? Call our Support Team on (315) 508-7414