BrightOnLine STI Testing Kit Instructions

FINGER-PRICK BLOOD

BEFORE YOU START

Watch our video on how to take a blood sample before you start.

  • warm your hands: put your hands in warm water or hold a warm drink for 2-3 minutes
  • stand up when taking your sample
  • keep your hand below your waist and your arm straight
  • squeeze the full length of your finger, not just the tip

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface

2

PREPARE TUBE &
CLEAN FINGER

  • open the protective container & remove the blood collection tube
  • stand the tube on a flat, stable surface
  • use the alcohol wipe to clean one of your middle fingers & let it dry

3

PRICK FINGER

  • twist & remove the blue tip of the lancet
  • place the small white tip of the lancet against the side of your finger, on the side closest to your little finger
  • push firmly – this activates the needle once
  • wipe away the first drop of blood with a clean tissue
Prick your finger

4

MASSAGE FINGER

  • holding your hand downwards, massage from the base to the tip of your finger
  • collect the drops of blood in the tube – fill the tube to AT LEAST “1.0”
  • use the spare lancet on a different finger if needed & apply a plaster
  • twist the cap on the tube tightly & gently turn the tube upside down 5 times

5

RETURN

 

  • place the tube in the protective container & close firmly
  • put the tube and protective container in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet, seal the bag
  • return the bag of sample(s) in the freepost envelope. Post it back the SAME DAY
  • dispose of lancets safely: put them in a ‘sharps bin’ (special bin for medical waste). If you can’t, they can go in your household bin

THROAT SWAB

BEFORE YOU START

Pack contents are different depending on where you got your kit from. Pack 1 contains a pink swab, a white swab and a sample tube (black cap). Pack 2 contains a purple swab. Both packs contain a return envelope. If have a pink and white swab, please use the pink swab and throw away the white swab. After you take your sample, snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube (black cap). If you have a purple swab, after you take your sample, put the swab back in its original tube.

If you have Pack 1, you will return a pink swab that has been snapped off in the sample tube with the black cap. If you have Pack 2, you will return the purple swab in its original tube.

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • Pack 1: use the pink swab and throw away the white swab
  • Pack 2: twist & pull the purple cap to remove the swab from the tube
  • avoid touching the white tip of the swab

3

INSERT THE SWAB

  • open your mouth & stick your tongue out
  • wipe the tip of the swab several times around the back of your throat (behind the uvula/”dangly bit”) & both tonsils
Throat

4

SAMPLE TUBE

  • Pack 1: unscrew the black cap from the sample tube labelled ‘throat’. Be careful not to spill the liquid inside. Halfway down the pink swab there’s a line – snap the swab into the sample tube and screw the black cap on tightly
  • Pack 2: put the purple swab back in its original tube and push it firmly in

5

RETURN

  • Pack 1: put all sample tubes in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet and seal the bag
  • Pack 2: put the purple tubes in the return envelope
  • return the bag of samples in the freepost envelope. Post it back the SAME DAY

RECTAL SWAB

BEFORE YOU START

Pack contents are different depending on where you got your kit from. Pack 1 contains a pink swab, a white swab and a sample tube (black cap). Pack 2 contains a purple swab. Both packs contain a return envelope. If have a pink and white swab, please use the pink swab and throw away the white swab. After you take your sample, snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube (black cap). If you have a purple swab, after you take your sample, put the swab back in its original tube.

If you have Pack 1, you will return a pink swab that has been snapped off in the sample tube with the black cap. If you have Pack 2, you will return the purple swab in its original tube.

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • Pack 1: use the pink swab and throw away the white swab
  • Pack 2: twist & pull the purple cap to remove the swab from the tube
  • avoid touching the white tip of the swab

3

INSERT THE SWAB

  • insert the swab about 3cm into your rectum, rotate the swab as you push
  • rotate the swab 5-10 times around the inside of your rectum

4

SAMPLE TUBE

  • Pack 1: unscrew the black cap from the sample tube labelled ‘rectal’. Be careful not to spill the liquid inside. Halfway down the pink swab there’s a line – snap the swab into the sample tube and screw the black cap on tightly
  • Pack 2: put the purple swab back in its original tube and push it firmly in

5

RETURN

  • Pack 1: put all sample tubes in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet and seal the bag
  • Pack 2: put the purple tubes in the return envelope
  • return the bag of samples in the freepost envelope. Post it back the SAME DAY

VAGINAL SWAB

BEFORE YOU START

This swab is for individuals with a vagina.

Pack contents are different depending on where you got your kit from. Pack 1 contains a pink swab, a white swab and a sample tube (black cap). Pack 2 contains a purple swab. Both packs contain a return envelope. If have a pink and white swab, please use the pink swab and throw away the white swab. After you take your sample, snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube (black cap). If you have a purple swab, after you take your sample, put the swab back in its original tube.

If you have Pack 1, you will return a pink swab that has been snapped off in the sample tube with the black cap. If you have Pack 2, you will return the purple swab in its original tube.

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • Pack 1: use the pink swab and throw away the white swab
  • Pack 2: twist & pull the purple cap to remove the swab from the tube
  • avoid touching the white tip of the swab

3

INSERT THE SWAB

  • insert the swab about 5cm into your vagina, rotate the swab as you push
  • rotate the swab 5-10 times around the inside of your vagina
vagina diagram

4

SAMPLE TUBE

  • Pack 1: unscrew the black cap from the sample tube labelled ‘vaginal’. Be careful not to spill the liquid inside. Halfway down the pink swab there’s a line – snap the swab into the sample tube and screw the black cap on tightly
  • Pack 2: put the purple swab back in its original tube and push it firmly in

5

RETURN

  • Pack 1: put all sample tubes in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet and seal the bag
  • Pack 2: put the purple tubes in the return envelope
  • return the bag of samples in the freepost envelope. Post it back the SAME DAY

URINE SAMPLE

BEFORE YOU START

Don’t pass urine for at least 1 hour before providing your sample.

Pack contents are different depending on where you got your kit from. Pack 1 contains a urine pot (white cap), a pipette and sample tube (black cap). Pack 2 contains a urine pot (white cap). Both packs contain a return envelope. The pipette in Pack 1 is for putting your urine into the sample tube. The pipette can be thrown away after you have taken your sample.

If you have Pack 1, you will return the sample tube (black cap). If you have Pack 2, you will return the urine pot (white cap).

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface

2

PEE IN POT

  • remove the white cap from the urine pot
  • pass the first part of your urine into the urine pot
  • finish peeing in the toilet

3

PIPETTE URINE

  • Pack 1: unscrew the black cap off the urine sample tube, squeeze the top of the pipette and put the tip in the urine, stop squeezing and the pipette will fill up. Put the pipette in the sample tube and squeeze the top of the pipette to push out the urine and fill the sample tube between the top 2 purple lines (marked with an arrow)
  • Pack  2: screw the white cap back on the urine pot

4

URINE SAMPLE TUBE

  • Pack 1: put the urine sample tube (black cap) in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet, seal the bag
  • Pack 2: put the urine pot (white cap) in the freepost envelope

5

RETURN

  • return the bag of samples in the freepost envelope
  • post it back the SAME DAY