Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer a range of paid-for sexual health tests and treatments.
THT by Post offers testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, testing for HIV and treatment for genital herpes and non-specific urethritis.
The service also offers a free online consultation to assess a man’s suitability for impotence treatment and follow-up postal impotence treatment if appropriate.
Peta Wilkinson, Executive Director of Services at Terrence Higgins Trust said:
“Some people find going to a sexual health clinic inconvenient or embarrassing so we wanted to make it easier for those people to test.
“This new service is easy and quick to use.
“We hope that by offering the choice of tests and treatment that you can use at home, we’ll be able to bring down the number of people with undiagnosed infections.”
Online medical service DrThom has teamed up with THT to provide the service.
The tests involve taking either a saliva or urine sample at home and posting it off to a lab to be analysed.
The results are given differently depending on the test but most are uploaded to a private, password protected web page, often within two days of the sample arriving at the lab.
Those who receive a positive result for chlamydia and gonorrhoea will be sent free antibiotic treatment through the post and can receive medical aftercare from DrThom.
The tests, treatment and other sexual health services can be ordered online from thtbypost.org.uk