You can request a free test-kit if you are 16 years old or over and live in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This service is available to people without any symptoms and is a convenient and reliable way of testing without having to attend at clinic in person.
You will need to provide a mobile number. Any information that you share will remain confidential within Unity.
The kits will be sent to you in a blank envelope with no reference at all to sexual health or testing. It might take up to 2 weeks to arrive in the post and results are available up to 15 working days after you send back your completed kit.
If you have symptoms we would prefer to see you at one of our clinics as we have more tests and treatments available. Information can be found here.
The kit tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The blood sample is tested for HIV and syphilis. If you have any difficulties with the blood test, please check out the SH:24 video on taking your blood sample.
There can sometimes be a delay before a test becomes positive after you have had sex. This is often referred to as the “window period” for testing.
- Chlamydia and gonorrhoea – the window period is 2 weeks;
- HIV – the window period is 4 weeks;
- Syphilis – the window period is 12 weeks.
If you live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire and your Post Code is not accepted when you put in in please call us on 0117 342 9299 and we can add it to the system.
We apologise that we are currently unable to provide self-test kits due to a technical issue. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible.