Getting your results
How will I get my test results?

Results are usually available 48-72 hours after our laboratory receives your samples. We will tell you when your results are ready, by SMS or email (depending on your preferences). You will get a text and email when your results are ready. Log in using the details sent through email to access your results. 

We also have an online tracking system, so you can track your samples and check for your results at any time. 

There is a range of results that you can receive. If you have a positive or reactive result, you will need to visit a sexual health clinic, but your GP might be able to treat some STIs. 

We will signpost you to local services where you can get any treatment, help, and advice that you need. 

What does a negative result mean?

A negative result for any STI means that you didn’t have that STI at the time of the test. If you tested before the end of the window period or you’ve been at risk again then another test is advised. 

What does a reactive result mean?

If you get a reactive result for one of our blood tests, it means that the test has reacted to something in your blood. This means that there’s a possibility that you have an STI, but at least one further test is needed. This should be done by a sexual health clinic. 

If your result is reactive, we will signpost you to local sexual health services where you can get a test and receive full support and advice if your follow-up test is also positive. 

What does a ‘positive’ result mean?

A positive result means that you do have an STI. This could make you feel upset, scared, or angry – but try not to worry. Most STIs are easy to cure and all of them can be treated. 

You’ll usually need treatment as soon as possible. It’s generally best to get this from a sexual health clinic, but your GP might be able to treat some STIs. 

We will signpost you to local services where you can get any treatment, help, and advice that you need. 

It is also important you tell any current or recent sexual partners (advice services may be able to offer this service anonymously if needed) so that they can be tested and treated if needed. 

To avoid passing the STI on, don’t have sex (even with a condom) until you’ve completed your treatment. The sexual health clinic will be able to advise how long to wait.

What does an inconclusive result mean?

This means the result is not clear and further testing is advised. In this situation, you can contact test.me for a new kit or attend a sexual health clinic. 

  • Inconclusive/Equivocal means the result is not clear cut and further testing is advised. In these situations, you can contact test.me for a new kit or attend a sexual health clinic. 

  • Haemolysed means that the blood sample has clotted whilst in transit and was unable to be tested. In this situation, you can contact test.me for a new kit or attend a sexual health clinic. If you want another kit, please read the helpful tips on taking your blood sample before trying again. 
  • Insufficient usually applies to the blood tests and means there was not enough of a sample provided. In this situation, you can contact test.me for a new kit or attend a sexual health clinic. If you want another kit, please read the helpful tips on taking your blood sample before trying again. 

  • Out of protocol or Out of validation results refer to a number of problems that mean we cannot provide a result for you: samples lost or damaged or not collected properly; too much time had lapsed between the sample collection date and when they were received in the lab; or another problem. 
What support is available after getting my results?

If you are worried about your test result, treatment, wish to seek additional testing, or have any symptoms, you should seek help and advice from: 

  • Your GP or a doctor. 
  • Your local NHS sexual health clinic. 
  • The National Sexual Health Helpline on 0300 123 7123. 
  • Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity on 0808 802 1221. 
I returned my test, but I've not heard anything?

Our lab processes your tests quickly and your results are usually ready 1-3 working days after we get your sample.  

If you've not heard from us within a week or two after posting, it's possible your sample has been delayed or lost in the post – of the 1000s of tests we deal with, this does happen occasionally. 

If you believe your sample has been lost, let us know by email. Please include your full name and postcode in the email. We will give you a refund and you may then place a new order if you wish. 

I want to check my results, but I've lost my 'Access Key'

Don’t worry. Send us an email including the 'PX' number from your results text message or email, along with you name, email address used to order, full address including postcode, DOB and mobile number.

How long will my test results take?

This depends on which test you ordered, but in general, we process tests very quickly. Your results should usually be ready 1-3 days after we get your samples.

How accurate are your STI tests?

Our tests are highly accurate when done at the right time.  

Although no STI test is 100% accurate, we use the gold standard for testing. All tests are processed in-house, as we run the UK’s leading STI laboratory, which also deals with thousands of STI tests every day for the NHS and local sexual health services.  

You can help to make your test as accurate as possible by following the instructions carefully when taking your samples. 

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