Before you collect your samples:
STDs can take a period of time to become detectable. You should wait at least 4 weeks from the time of potential exposure to infection before collecting your sample.
Please note that syphilis can take 12 weeks to become detectable. If you are concerned about this infection, you should wait at least 12 weeks from the time of potential exposure before collecting your sample.
If you are concerned about possible exposure to one of these infections you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive a test result. For some infections, retesting after treatment may be required.
When to collect your sample:
The urine sample must be collected from the initial stream of urine in the morning and returned on the same day. Do not cleanse the genital area or urinate at least 1 hour prior to collection.
The sample must be collected in the morning on a Monday - Friday, and returned on the same day.
Many people with a sexually transmitted infection don’t have any symptoms so if you are sexually active, regular screening is an important part of managing your health.
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may include:
Pain when peeing
Pain during sex
A rash, itching or lumps or bumps on the genitals and/or anus
A change in discharge in terms of smell, consistency, or volume
You should consider getting tested if:
You become sexually active
You have had unprotected sex
You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease
You are entering into a new sexual relationship
You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected
If you are experiencing symptoms, have been informed by a partner that they have a sexually transmitted infection, or if you have any concerns you should follow up with a healthcare provider.