|Basic MSM test||N/A||1 test kit||£119.00|
|Comprehensive MSM test||N/A||1 test kit||£224.00|
The Man2Man (MSM) STI test kit is designed to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in men who have sex with men.
The comprehensive STI testing kit will test for the following sexually transmitted infections: HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, oral, anal and genital chlamydia and oral, anal and genital gonorrhoea.
Note: it may take up to 12 weeks for an infection with syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV to produce a positive result. This is called the ‘window period’.
Some STIs are more likely to produce symptoms than others so it's not always possible to know if you have one. It's recommended to get tested after having unprotected sex with a new partner or if you have had intercourse of any kind with an infected partner.
Research shows that men who have sex with men are more likely to contract certain STIs and should, therefore, be tested regularly and for a wider range of infections. The Man2Man STI test kit test covers more infections than other STI tests, including several less-common infections.
Before starting, take the time to read through the instructions provided to ensure you collect samples correctly and hygienically. For each sample vial, you will need to fill out the form provided and attach the completed sticker to the container so that your test can be processed correctly.
To use the urine test, begin by washing your hands. Squeeze the sides of the urine collection box to open and expand it. When you are ready, use this to collect the beginning of your urine stream, emptying the rest into the toilet. With care, pour the urine into the plastic container and seal the lid shut. Place the sample into the sealed bag provided.
For the oral swab, unscrew the lid of the container to pull out the swab, taking care not to touch the end of it. Place it into your mouth and ensure you swill it around the 5 key areas indicated in the instructions: the tonsils, uvula and posterior wall. Once you have done this, place the swab back into the container and seal the lid shut.
To use the anal swab, wash your hands before you begin and try to relax into a comfortable position. Unscrew the lid of the container to pull out the swab and gently insert it into the tip of the anus. Rotate it slightly as you remove it, placing it carefully back into the container and sealing the lid shut.
Before using the finger prick test, ensure your hands are clean and dry, using the antibacterial wipe provided to clean the skin before beginning. The blood sample should be taken from the third or fourth finger of your less dominant hand. It's also easier if your hands are warm. Next, remove one of the lancets from the bag, twisting and removing the blue cap. Place the lancet against the rounded tip of your finger and press it into the skin to activate it. After puncturing the skin, wipe away the first drop of blood. Then hold your finger over the collection container and massage the finger to release enough drops of blood to fill it up to the visible line. Place a plaster onto your finger and seal the container.
The comprehensive STI testing kit provides you with everything needed to test for a wide variety of sexually transmitted infections. The test is delivered directly to you and includes full instructions on how to use it. After you have completed the test, place your samples into the secure return packaging, ensuring they are labelled correctly and send them to our lab. When they arrive, they will be examined accordingly and your results will be sent out to you.
The at-home testing kit uses the same technology as the NHS to test for sexually transmitted infections. It is very reliable provided the instructions are followed carefully and the samples collected are not compromised in any way. If your testing kit arrives damaged then let us know right away so we can replace it for you. You should also do this if you drop one of the testing swabs or spill any of the sample vials.
Your results will be sent to you by text message within 2-3 days. If you did not provide a phone number then they will be emailed to you.
The Man2Man STI test kit comes in 2 versions: the basic test kit and the comprehensive test kit. The basic test kit checks for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (genital, oral and rectal), HIV and syphilis. The comprehensive test kit also checks for herpes, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and several other infections including gardnerella, ureaplasma, mycoplasma and trichomonas. The comprehensive kit is more expensive but more thorough and may be worth it if you have unprotected sex on a regular basis.
If diagnosed, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are easily treatable with antibiotics. Chlamydia is usually treated with a week-long course of antibiotics that will clear up the infection. Gonorrhoea treatment usually involves an injection, which can be obtained from your general practitioner or sexual health clinic. While there is no cure for the herpes virus, symptoms can be alleviated faster with antiviral medication. Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages, usually with a course of Penicillin prescribed by a doctor. If you think you might have HIV, it is vital that you get tested and treated as soon as possible.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medication is an emergency treatment that can stop you from becoming infected if taken within 72 hours of you coming into contact with the disease. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is a similar drug that can be taken regularly as a preventative measure against HIV. If you test positive for HIV, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. The virus is initially treated with antiretroviral drugs, and the virus levels in your blood will be closely monitored to ensure that treatment is working.
The best way to protect against STIs is to practice safe sex and use a condom. Condoms are the only form of contraception to provide protection against STIs. If you are having casual sex with multiple partners, it is recommended that you use a condom for genital, anal and oral sex and to change condoms between partners.
This testing kit provides a more comprehensive STI check, beyond the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. It is particularly suitable for men who have sex with men as it tests for STIs which are transmitted during oral and anal sex, and for infections that are more common in men who have sex with men.
The test is confidential and your results will not be shared with anyone without your consent.
The at-home testing kit is designed to be as discreet as possible. It will arrive in plain, unmarked packaging so no-one will be able to tell what is inside the package or where it is from.
Research has shown that men who have sex with other men are at a higher risk of contracting an STI. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that men who have sex with men tend to get tested for STIs more regularly. The use of condoms is much lower amongst the gay community, and a lack of sex education in the LGBTQ field means there is a lack of knowledge about safe sex practices. Due to the delicate tissues involved, anal sex has a much higher risk of transmitting blood-borne STIs such as HIV.
This test is suitable for all men, regardless of sexuality. It is recommended for men who have sex with men because they are at higher risk of contracting these STIs.
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