This information is for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people who have ordered an X-pack home testing kit from our website or a vending machine, to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
What’s in the kit?
Your X-pack contains three swabs, a urine sample collection tube and a blood collection tube as well as other items to help you take your samples at home. The three swabs can be used to take throat, vaginal and rectal samples to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The urine collection tube is used to test for the same infections. The blood tube is used to test for HIV and syphilis.
Information about how to take each of the samples is here and can also be accessed by scanning the QR code on the X Pack card in the kit.
Which samples should I take?
We recommend that anyone who is sexually active tests annually for HIV and syphilis, and more often if they have multiple, or changes in, sexual partners.
Choose which samples to take based on which parts of your body have come into contact with someone else’s body or shared sex toys, during sex. Our X packs contain every available sampling option to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, meaning that anyone can use this kit.
Do a urine sample if:
- you have a penis (that you use for sex)
- you have had any gender-affirming lower surgery such as vaginoplasty, metoidioplasty or phalloplasty
Do a vaginal swab if:
- you have a vagina (that you use for sex)
- You have had a vaginoplasty (do this as well as a urine sample)
If you are not sure whether to do a vaginal swab or urine sample, do both
Rectal (anal) swab
Do a rectal swab if:
You have any anal sex (including with toys or fingers)
Do a throat swab if:
You have oral sex