BrightOnLine STI Testing Kit Instructions

FINGER-PRICK BLOOD

BEFORE YOU START

This pack (TDL) contains a 600mcl push top, blood sample bottle.

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

  • with soap & warm water
  • unpack the kit on a clean surface
  • warm your hands: put your hands in warm water or hold a warm drink for 2-3minutes
  • 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

How to take a blood sample – instruction video

 

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 and collect the drops of blood in the tube
  • fill the tube to AT LEAST “600”. Push cap on tightly
  • use spare lancet on a different finger if needed & apply plaster

5

RETURN

  • gently turn the tube upside down 5 times
  • place the tube in the 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

This pack contains a pink swab, a sample tube (white cap), and a return envelope.

  1. unscrew the lid of the sample tube
  2. take your sample using the pink swab
  3. snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube
  4. screw the lid back on
  5. return the sample tube containing the snapped swab

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

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

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • peel open the packet
  • use the pink swab. Hold it on the black line
  • 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

  • unscrew the lid from the sample tube labelled ‘throat’. Be careful with the liquid inside – do not spill it or get it on your skin/eyes/mouth etc
  • put the swab into the tube (absorbent tip down) until it touches the bottom. Bend the swab against the side of the tube until it snaps
  • screw the lid back on tightly

5

RETURN

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

RECTAL SWAB

BEFORE YOU START

The pack contains a pink swab, a sample tube (white cap), and a return envelope.

  1. unscrew the lid of the sample tube
  2. take your sample using the pink swab
  3. snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube
  4. screw the lid back on
  5. return the sample tube containing the snapped swab

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

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

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • peel open the packet
  • use the pink swab. Hold it on the black line
  • 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

  • unscrew the lid from the sample tube labelled ‘rectal’. Be careful with the liquid inside – do not spill it or get it on your skin/eyes/mouth etc
  • put the swab into the tube (absorbent tip down) until it touches the bottom. Bend the swab against the side of the tube until it snaps
  • screw the lid back on tightly

5

RETURN

  • put all sample tubes in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet and seal the bag
  • 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.

This pack contains a pink swab, a sample tube (white cap), and a return envelope.

  1. unscrew the lid of the sample tube
  2. take your sample using the pink swab
  3. snap off the end of the pink swab into the sample tube
  4. screw the lid back on
  5. return the sample tube containing the snapped swab

PACK CONTENTS

1

WASH HANDS

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

2

PREPARE THE SWAB

  • peel open the packet
  • Use the pink swab. Hold it on the black line
  • 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

  • unscrew the lid from the sample tube labelled ‘vaginal’. Be careful with the liquid inside – do not spill it or get it on your skin/eyes/mouth etc
  • put the swab into the tube (absorbent tip down) until it touches the bottom. Bend the swab against the side of the tube until it snaps
  • screw the lid back on tightly

5

RETURN

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

URINE SAMPLE

BEFORE YOU START

Read these instructions carefully before you collect your sample.

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

This pack contains a urine pot (white cap) and a return envelope. 

You will return the sample tube (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

FILL TWO THIRDS

  • fill the urine pot to two thirds
  • screw the white cap back on the urine pot

4

URINE SAMPLE TUBE

  • put the urine pot (white cap) in the plastic bag with the white absorbent sheet, seal the bag

5

RETURN

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