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How to take a blood sample

This is used to test for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Most people find it easier to take the test after watching our short instruction video. It shows someone doing the test and gives you tips to help your blood flow.

What is included in the kit?

Sample tube Protective case for your sample tube 3 lancets (to prick your finger) 2 sterile wipes 2 plasters

You will also need some tissue.

How do I take the sample?

Warm up to help your blood flow. Do the test after having a shower, bath, soaking your hand in warm water, exercising or holding a warm mug. Remove the yellow lid from the tube. Close the protective case and gently push the tube into the corner of the case, so that it stands up, as shown on your instruction card. Twist and pull the tip off a lancet. Then use a wipe to sterilise your chosen finger To prick your finger, lay your hand on a flat surface. Press the lancet firmly into your fingertip, not too close to your fingernail. Some people find the centre of their fingertips are sensitive and so they prick the side of their finger. Stand over the tube, keep your arm straight and massage down your finger (if your blood stops flowing, prick another finger). Fill to the top 600 line, then push the yellow cap down firmly (so it clicks). Gently turn the tube upside down 5 times. Put the tube into the protective case. Place all your samples and lab card into the freepost envelope and post in any Royal Mail post box.

Blood test instruction card

When should I test?

It takes time before STIs can be detected in a test. You should wait 4 weeks after you think you could have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C and 12 weeks for Syphilis. You can do this test at any time of day.

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