Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B and C Test Kit
Buy a home syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C test kit
Prices from £74.99
This easy-to-use test kit allows you to get tested for:
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
Using a home test works in the following steps:
- Place an order and get your kit delivered to your door, or collect from a local post office (delivery is free)
- Collect a few drops of blood using a finger-prick test
- Send your samples to our UK-based, accredited partner laboratory (postage is free)
- Once your results are available (in 2 to 3 days), our doctors will review your results
- One of our doctors will contact you, via a secure and confidential message in your patient account, to let you know your results and give you advice and support on what to do next
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
1 test kit - £74.99
About the syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C test kit
What happens if I test positive?
If your test kit comes back positive for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C our doctors will be on hand to help you on the next step of the way. All positive results must be followed up by another test using different technology.
If you do test positive we’ll discuss all possible consequences with you in detail. We’ll also help you to find specialist care in your local area and put you in touch with local support groups.
As all four infections are bloodborne, you need to provide a blood sample to get tested. The home test for syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B / C therefore involves you taking a small blood sample, using a fine needle to prick your finger (included in your test kit). The laboratory will use your sample to analyse it for evidence of any of these infections.
It's important that you get tested at the right time. Some infections can only be diagnosed several weeks after exposure. If you get tested too early, you run the risk of getting a false negative, ie. a negative test result even though you have contracted the disease.
If you think there is a high risk that you have been exposed to any of these infections (e.g. through sexual contact, blood, or sharing needles with someone who may be infected), it is essential that you see a nurse or doctor immediately. Please contact your GP, Sexual Health Clinic, or A and E department.
Please note: it can take up to 13 weeks for these infections to be detected in a sexual health screen. If you do the test before 13 weeks have passed since the incident, you should confirm any negative results at a later date by repeating the test.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. It usually causes painless sores during the early stages of infection, followed by a period without any symptoms. If syphilis is not treated it can cause damage to your inner organs. As the disease progresses, it can lead to brain damage and dementia.
Syphilis can effectively be treated with antibiotics. If you have had unprotected sex and are worried that you may have contracted syphilis you should get tested to ensure that the infection is not left untreated.
Syphilis is transmitted during sex but it can also be transmitted when sharing needles or sex toys.
HIV is a viral infection which often goes unnoticed during the early stages. With patients being unaware that they carry HIV, it is easily passed on to sexual partners. While you may not experience any symptoms of HIV for several years, early treatment is vital.
Hepatitis B is transmitted when the blood or body fluid of an infected person enters your bloodstream, for example during sex or when sharing needles. During the early stages, the infection often remains symptomless, which makes it difficult to spot. If hepatitis B is not diagnosed it can become chronic and eventually lead to liver damage.
There is a very effective vaccine for hepatitis B, which is routinely given to healthcare professionals who have a high risk of getting in contact with blood. It is also recommended for travellers going to a country where hepatitis B is very common, especially if they will be in close contact with the local population.
In countries where awareness of hygiene is very low, there is also a risk of contracting hepatitis B during medical procedures, especially if needles and other equipment are not sterilised properly.
Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C is caused by a virus. It can be contracted when sharing needles and commonly affects drug users who do not use clean needles. Men who have sex with men are also believed to have an increased risk of contracting hepatitis C.
The infection often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms until it has caused liver damage. Some patients fight the virus off within the first six months without sustaining any permanent damage. More commonly, however, the infection becomes chronic.
In certain regions of the world, hepatitis C is more common than in the UK. This goes for North Africa, the Middle East, Central and East Asia.
Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos
Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos graduated from the University of London in 2006. He did his postgraduate training in hospitals in the London area, and he trained for four years in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery before completing his training in General practice in 2015.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 12 Nov 2019
Zava offers a convenient and discreet service to test for sexually transmitted infections. You will receive your test kit by post. Follow the instructions provided with the test kit and collect a sample (depending on the test kit this could be a blood, saliva, urine sample or genital swab). The test kit comes with an envelope, ready to send to our partner laboratory which will analyse your sample. Once your result has come back, you will be able to view it in your secure Zava account. We will never send medical or personal information via email.