Sexual Health D&G can now provide a new Postal Testing Kit that will test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea for people living within Dumfries & Galloway. The kits and postage are free, easy to use and allow you to do the test in the privacy of your own home. The service is confidential and no-one will know you have been tested without your knowledge and consent (unless there is a serious risk to you or someone else's health and safety).
How do I get a postal testing kit?
All pharmacies across Dumfries & Galloway have kits available and you can also download a voucher to show at your local pharmacy to receive a kit.
Kits are posted out to you in plain packaging.
How do I use the postal testing kit?
For males, the test will be a urine sample so do not pass urine for 1 hour prior to taking a sample. For females, the test is a self-taken lower vaginal swab. The tests are easy to do and step-by-step instructions are provided. You also need to fill in a form with your chosen method of contact.
How do I return the postal testing kit?
Once you have completed the test and filled in the form (fill in as much as you can) place in the freepost envelope and post in a normal post box as soon as you can. A Health Advisor will contact you by your chosen method of contact in 7-10 days to inform you of your result. Most people choose their mobile phone as a point of contact.
What if my results are positive?
If your results are positive for either or both Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea, a Health Advisor will contact you by your chosen method of contact to discuss treatment and partner notification.
Remember, your partner has to be treated as well.
It is advisable to be tested every time you change your sexual partner.
What's in the postal testing kit bag?
The Postal Testing Kit comes in a nylon drawstring bag (above) and is posted out in a plain envelope.
It contains a sealed plastic specimen bottle for a urine sample (left).
For Males there is a dropper and collecting bottle and for Females there are swabs and collecting bottle (below).
The instructions and helpful, friendly advice explain what to do. You fill in the form and return to us in the plastic pre-paid envelope (below).
You should receive the results in about 14 days.