Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C and HIV are common bloodborne infections. DrFelix provides a convenient and a simple service to test for syphilis and the others from the comfort of your own home.

The test kit comes with everything you need to collect a tiny blood sample from your finger. The sample is posted in the free pre-paid envelope enclosed with your test kit back to our UK based pathology lab. You will receive an SMS alert within 3 days about your result and if you need to take any further actions.

Fully confidential and discreet service – free return postage included.

Due to the urgency involved in processing these tests, this service is only available in the UK. Orders outside of the UK cannot be accepted.

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Bloodborne STI Test Kit

Medication Description Price
Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C and HIV Test specific test for bloodborne STIs £69.99

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Bloodborne STI Test Kit

Medication Description Price
Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C and HIV Test specific test for bloodborne STIs £69.99

All prices exclude prescription fee

The topic of sexually transmitted infections (known as STIs) is often a source of misinformation and anxiety. While a diagnosis of a bloodbourne STI may leave you feeling a bit gobsmacked, DrFelix provides a quick overview which can help point you in the right direction.

What is a “bloodbourne” STI, and where can you get it from?

A bloodbourne STI is an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Despite the name “bloodbourne” infection, direct contact with semen and vaginal fluid during sex is the most common route of infection. In some cases, an infected mother can pass a bloodbourne STI to her baby during birth and/or breastfeeding.

Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C, and HIV

Syphilis infection is caused by a bacteria and diagnosed with a blood test. Syphilis begins as a painless but highly-infective sore which often appears on the genitals. Flu-like symptoms follow which often resolve, leaving the infected person symptom-free for a period of time called the “latent” phase, which can last up to two years. Left untreated, syphilis progresses to the tertiary stage, where symptoms range from disfigurement and blindness to loss of coordination and vascular problems (including stroke), and can eventually cause death. Syphilis is best treated in the early stages with penicillin-based antibiotics.

Hepatitis B & C

Both hepatitis B and C are caused by viruses and diagnosed with blood tests. Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver, and can lead to chronic hepatitis, a longer-lasting form of the disease that may cause permanent liver damage. Symptoms include uncommon fatigue, and sometimes a yellowing of the eyes and skin – a condition known as jaundice. Some people may experience no symptoms at all, and be completely unaware that they are infected. People infected with hepatitis B develop lifelong immunity to the virus, whereas those who’ve had hepatitis C may become re-infected. There is currently a vaccine available for hepatitis B, but no vaccine for hepatitis C.


HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) weakens the immune system and undermines the body’s ability to fight-off infection. HIV is transmitted via sexual contact, the sharing of infected needles to inject drugs, and from an infected mother to her child during birth or breastfeeding. There is no cure for HIV. While the virus can lead to the well-known (and much feared) condition called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), those infected with HIV will not necessarily always develop AIDS. In fact, modern antiretroviral medication has many people with HIV living near-normal life expectancies.

How do I protect myself from bloodbourne STIs?

The most effective ways to prevent STIs are to practice monogamous sex with a known uninfected partner, to always use condoms, and to avoid injecting drugs via used and/or contaminated needles. While asking about a partner’s sexual history can be tricky, it’s important to remember that the information you might gain from an open dialogue will ensure that you both stay safe and healthy.

How does the test work?

Since all four of the infections checked in this test are bloodborne, you will have to provide a blood sample to get tested in the lab. Our home test kit for Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C and HIV involves a tiny blood sample to be analysed. You will need to use the small needle provided with the kit to prick your finger for a small blood sample. This sample is then returned to our lab using the free return postage which will get checked for evidence of all four of these bloodborne infections.

When is the best time to get tested?

Some infections are only evident in a sample after a few weeks exposure therefore the time you get tested in important. If you have an infection and get tested too soon, you will receive a negative result even though you are still carrying the disease. It can take around 13 weeks for bloodborne infections to show up in a STI test therefore DrFelix recommends getting tested again after this period to confirm your negative status.

I think I might be infected, what should I do?

If you believe you may have contracted any of these diseases via sexual intercourse, needle sharing or from someone who has tested positive, you need immediate medical help. Please visit your regular doctor, local GUM clinic or the A&E department in your local hospital.