Apply for STI test kit
Please note that due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic there is a supply shortage for our "Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C" STI home test kits. We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused however these circumstances are beyond our control.
As a laya healthcare member you may be entitled to claim some or all of the cost of your home test kits (subject to your outpatient excess). Simply log onto your dedicated Member Area on layahealthcare.ie and check under everyday medical expenses.
The information that you provide is covered by the same patient-doctor confidentiality as in a normal face to face consultation.
Please consider your responses and answer honestly and clearly. The questions we ask ensure we will give you the best possible service.
The following test kits are available
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea €50
- HIV €50
- Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV €75
All test use either swabs, ask you to collect your urine or ask you to collect your blood.
How it works
Order a Home Test Online
Click "Ok, let's go" below and you’ll fill in some basic questions we need to know. Our kits are posted with no markings on the packet, just your address and marked private and confidential. Our kits are posted from our Dublin offices daily.
Collect sample and post direct to laboratory
Once you get the kit follow the instructions carefully and post the packet in a regular post box where they will be delivered direct to our laboratory. The envelope is prepaid so no need for stamps!
Your samples are processed by our laboratory and our GPs will get the results and review them before making them available in your secure Electronic Patient Record. You’ll get an email letting you know there is a message in your secure inbox.
Unlike other home STI test kit providers, CareOnCall can send you a prescription (which can be dispensed at any Pharmacy) if your test indicates you have Chlamydia. This is done at no extra cost to you. In addition we will provide you with a free referral to a clinic that will ensure you do not have any other STIs. Secondary STI infections can affect up to 40% of those unlucky enough to have been diagnosed with one!
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia Trachomatis is a bacterium and causes a sexually transmitted infection(STI). In fact this is the commonest cause of STIs in Ireland (especially among those aged under 25). It is estimated that it does not cause any symptoms in up to 20% or more of women and up to 50% of men. However, it is a disease which can cause serious health problems especially in women. Infection with chlamydia can damage the fallopian tubes and cause fertility problems for a women. In men, infection with chlamydia may cause both infection and inflammation in the prostate and testes.
Chlamydia infections represent the largest number STIs in Ireland. Luckily for most, it is also one of the easiest to treat, if caught early.
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacterium which is a sexually transmitted disease. It can cause an infection not just in the penis but also the testes and prostate in men and in the vagina, womb and fallopian tubes in women. In addition it can also survive in the mouth and throat (after oral sex) and in the anus and rectum (after anal sex). As with other STIs it can cause fertility problems in women. Despite the development of antibiotic resistant forms of this bacterium, it can be treated with single doses of an appropriate antibiotic which is usually given by injection into the buttock.
What is HIV?
This is another sexually transmitted infection and is caused by a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This virus infects the immune system cells and effectively ‘disables’ the immune system so that the body’s ability to fight infections is diminished. Consequently relatively minor infections can be potentially life threatening. The development of specific anti-viral treatments has transformed this from a once fatal disease to a chronic illness.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease mainly spread by intimate contact, including oral and anal sex. It is a bacteria passed via direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores usually occur in the mouth, vagina, anus, rectum or external genitalia. Unfortunately, sores often go undetected because they are painless and can cause long-term complications that can be avoided once treated with medication early.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a highly infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus which affects the liver. Hepatitis B can result in a an acute and severe sudden illness where the liver is inflamed by the viral infection, stops working and causes liver failure. Acute hepatitis B infection does not normally require treatment but in some cases could require antiviral treatment. Chronic hepatitis B however does require treatment. It is also worth knowing that there is a very effective vaccine available available against Hepatitis B, which you should consider in certain cases based on your lifestyle.
Which test should I buy?
You’ll be asked to select which STIs you would like to be tested for. If you have any pain or any physical manifestations (e.g. sores, discharge or weeping), please go and see your GP for a face to face consult for a physical examination.