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Embarrassed to see a doc for an HIV test? Now you can do it at home

News Agencies | Updated on: 24 November 2015, 11:37 IST

Now there's a new STD home-testing kit that will answer prayer's for those who are too embarrassed to go to a clinic.

Now, you can order "sex MOT", the do-it-yourself STD testing kit that's available online from your smartphone, the Mirror reported. By going online they will be sent a home testing kit and their samples will then be posted to a lab with results sent via text or email.

The mail-order tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV. If they test positive, patients are referred to their local clinic and fast-tracked dodging the queue. The tests results are sent back in just days rather than the current seven to 10 days.

The not for profit firm behind the cyber-testing scheme said it can slash the costs to the NHS by over half. Gillian Holdsworth, a consultant in Public Health Medicine and Programme Director for the scheme SH:24, said that it aims to increase efficiency and improve the experience for users and radically improve sexual health outcomes. It is available 24 hours a day, with confidentiality and results by text within a week guaranteed.

First published: 24 November 2015, 11:37 IST