Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are diseases that are passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) or sometimes through genital contact.
You can get tested for STIs using Tingle®. We provide a confidential, discreet and clinically-led service.
The following STI’s are covered using our tests. Select from below to find out more about each condition.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK. Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms and won’t know they have the infection. Otherwise, symptoms may include pain when you urinate, unusual discharge and, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex.
Diagnosing chlamydia is easily done with a urine test. Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics but can lead to serious long-term health problems if it's left untreated.
Genital herpes is a long-term condition caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). After you have become infected, the virus remains dormant (inactive) for most of the time. There are often few or no initial symptoms. However, certain triggers can activate the virus, causing outbreaks of painful blisters on your genitals and the surrounding areas. Although there is no cure for genital herpes, the symptoms can usually be effectively controlled using antiviral medicines.
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that can cause an unusual discharge from your vagina or penis, and pain when urinating. This condition is very easy to pass on via sexual activity. Transmission rates are 20% for men and 50% for women. Gonorrhoea can be easily diagnosed through a urine test and treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious long-term health problems and infertility.
HIV is a virus most commonly caught by having unprotected sex or sharing infected needles to inject drugs.
The virus weakens your ability to fight infections and cancer. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. There's no cure for HIV but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.
How the service works
The HIV test is a home test kit and gives results within 15 minutes.
The other conditions require us to obtain a sample of urine. Once you place an order, we will post out the kit to you. The kit has a simple set of instructions on how to collect the test sample. The sample is then sent back to our labs, using a pre-paid specialist envelope which is supplied. The samples are then analysed by the lab. The process typically takes between 5-7 working days from the point you place the order, to the point our clinical team will inform you of the results. If you test positive, then our medical team are available to discuss options for referrals and treatment. Tingle® offers the kit’s for purchase by customers who are 16 years or over. All medical information including test results are treated with the highest level of confidentiality and information data security.