Home tests for sexually transmitted infections: When to order one, when to see a doctor

Rising infections has led to expansion of sexual home testing kits, but are they reliable?

Unlike antigen testing, you don’t get the results there and then in your home, samples have to be sent to a laboratory for processing. Photograph: iStock

Unlike antigen testing, you don’t get the results there and then in your home, samples have to be sent to a laboratory for processing. Photograph: iStock

The availability of free home test kits for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been expanded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) from three to 14 counties since the beginning of November.

Not that the HSE is shouting about it, having been overwhelmed by demand at the start of the pilot scheme last January.

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