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Get more insight on your sexual health without visiting a GP or clinic with Homed-IQ’s HIV, Syphilis & Hepatitis B Test. This simple test checks for the most common STIs that are detectable in blood and can be performed at home in minutes. Unlike STI testing at a clinic, you only need to collect a small amount of blood using a finger prick.

Test mode: Fingerprick Blood test

Window Period:

The window period is the time between when you were infected with an STI and when it is detectable with a test. See the ‘About this test’ section for more information about when you can reliably test for each STI.

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Hepatitis B HIV Syphilis
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About the test
Symptoms
Summary of Biomarkers
FAQ

Results

What does the test result mean?

All Homed-IQ tests come complete with a detailed explanation of the test results and a downloadable laboratory report that can be brought to your GP if needed.

What does a negative test result mean?

A negative test result means that no syphilis, HIV, or hepatitis B were found in the test material you supplied and that no STI treatment is required.

What does a positive test result mean?

A positive test result means that one or more STIs has been found and that treatment is needed. For your own health and to prevent the spread of STIs, it is important that you see a healthcare professional for treatment if you test positive.

In the case of a positive test result, you can take the test results to your own doctor for treatment. You should also warn all your sexual partners to further prevent the spread of STIs. They can then have themselves tested and, if necessary, be treated.

 

How soon will I receive my test result?

Mail your test to the laboratory immediately after collecting your sample. Once the test has reached the lab, you will receive an email notification. In a few working days your test results will be available. 

How are my results shared?

You can view your test results in your online account, along with an explanation of what was tested and the meaning of the results in simple language. All test results are verified by  Homed-IQ’s medical team before being sent to you.

About the test

What is the HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B Test?

The HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B Test checks for the three most common STIs that can be detected in blood: Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B. This test requires a finger prick blood sample that is easily collected at home. 

How does the HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B Test work?

You will receive detailed instructions with your test so that you can easily take your sample from home. After your sample is collected, mail the test kit to our certified laboratory with the enclosed prepaid shipping materials. You will receive the test results within a few days.

When can you test for each STI?

The window period is the time between when you were infected with an STI and when it is detectable with a test. Every STI has its own window period. If you test for an STI before the window period has passed, you may test negative even if you are infected. See below for more information about the specific window period per STI and determine when you can reliably administer this test.

What is the window period of each STI?

  • Syphilis: 3 weeks to 3 months. If the result is negative, then only reliably 3 months after sexual contact
  • HIV: 4 weeks to 3 months. If the result is negative, then only reliably 3 months after sexual contact.
  • Hepatitis B: After 8 weeks. If the result is negative, repeat the test 3-6 months after sexual contact

Symptoms

Syphilis

  • Sores in and around the mouth, genitals, and elsewhere on the skin
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Issues with vision
  • Hair loss

 

HIV

In the initial (acute) stage of disease, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes (mainly in the neck)
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Mouth or genital sores

Hepatitis B

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • General malaise

Summary of Biomarkers

What is an STI?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are transmitted through sexual contact. STIs can be transmitted through contact with the penis, vagina, anus, and sometimes also with your mouth or fingers. Many STIs cause little or no symptoms. However, STIs are not harmless, and an untreated infection can cause uncomfortable symptoms or serious damage to the body if left untreated. That is why getting tested regularly is important, both in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others and to ensure infections are treated promptly.

HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. The virus is present in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk, and can be contracted if these fluids enter your bloodstream. HIV is usually transmitted through anal or vaginal sex or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injecting equipment. You may not have many symptoms of HIV at first, you may be infected for years before you develop noticeable symptoms. Over time, however, your body’s immune system will decline, making you susceptible to many types of illnesses. This can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a chronic and life-threatening condition if left untreated. HIV can be detected with blood tests. HIV cannot be cured, but AIDS can be prevented through proper detection and treatment. Timely and intensive treatment with various medicines can make the blood “virus-free”, so that someone is no longer contagious and has a normal life expectancy.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through sexual contact and is caused by the bacteria Treponema Pallidum. Syphilis can be transmitted through sexual intercourse or oral sex, infecting the penis, vagina, anus, or throat. Syphilis often produces no symptoms, although in the early stages of the infection it may cause a lesion (ulcer or chancre) where the syphilis entered the body. The bacteria infects the mucous membranes of the penis, vagina, anus, or mouth and can cause inflammation and rashes. Untreated syphilis can also suddenly make you sick after months or years without any symptoms. In rare cases, serious damage to the brain, kidneys, liver, or heart can occur due to untreated syphilis. Syphilis can be detected with a blood test. It is easily treated with antibiotics if caught early.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is present in body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk) and is spread when body fluids contaminated with the virus enter the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through childbirth, sexual contact, or contact with used needles. Not all people infected with Hepatitis B have symptoms and many heal from the infection on their own. For others, Hepatitis B can become a chronic infection that, if left untreated, can lead to serious or life-threatening health problems, such as liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine and the best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated. Chronic hepatitis B has no cure, but can be treated with antiviral drugs. People with chronic hepatitis B can live a long and healthy life with the right treatment and are not at risk of passing the virus on to others.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get treatment if I test positive?

Your test results come with an explanation of the results as well as a downloadable laboratory report. This report can be taken to a GP for further testing, treatment, and guidance. Homed-IQ provides prescriptions for chlamydia treatment to customers who are residents of the Netherlands. If you are a customer in the Netherlands and test positive for chlamydia, contact [email protected] to arrange a prescription. If you are unable to visit your doctor, residents of the Netherlands can also visit the OneDayClinic. OneDayClinic is a private clinic specializing in sexual health with branches throughout the country. They offer consultations and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B. Here you can be treated for a fee, just like at the doctor's office. The costs of treatment and consultation will be taken from your own risk (eigen risico) deductible. Treatment can be done anonymously if necessary. To see the locations of OneDayClinic and to schedule an appointment, visit the online booking tool. Please be sure to bring your Homed-IQ test results with you to the appointment.

Why do I need to activate my test kit?

Homed-IQ test kits do not have customer names or information on them for privacy reasons. This means in order to link your test to your account, you must activate the test using the unique 12-digit test code before mailing it to the lab. The laboratory cannot process your test results or send them to you unless your test is activated.

What is the difference between incubation period and window period?

The incubation period is sometimes confused with the window period. The incubation period is the time between when an individual is exposed to an infection and when they begin showing symptoms. This is different from the window period, which is the time between when an individual is exposed to an infection and when a test can reliably detect the infection. It is important to consider the window period for each STI when getting tested in order to guarantee the most reliable test results.

How can I avoid getting an STI?

Safe sex practices reduce your risk of getting an STI. These practices include using a condom or dental dam during sexual intercourse or oral sex and cleaning sex toys between users. Even when using a condom, not all STIs can be completely prevented. STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and mycoplasma genitalium can be prevented using condoms or dental dams during sex.  Genital warts, syphilis, and herpes can enter your body through your skin. Pubic lice or scabies can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or pubic hair. Using a condom or dental dam will not always protect against these STIs if the affected area is not covered by a condom.  HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B and C are transmissible through blood. This means that in order to become infected, body fluids such as blood, vaginal fluids, semen, or breast milk that contain the virus must enter the bloodstream. This can happen in various ways, such as through open sores, needle stick injuries, sharing needles, pregnancy and childbirth, or tears in the skin that occur during sexual contact. One cannot catch hepatitis or HIV through activities like hugging, sharing eating utensils, or sneezing/coughing. HIV can be avoided by using PReP before potential exposure, or PEP after being exposed. Hepatitis B can be prevented through vaccination. Men who have sex with men, sex workers, and children born after January 1, 2011 can get vaccinated against Hepatitis B for free in the Netherlands. 
If you have symptoms that could be an STI or if you have had sex with someone who has an STI, be sure to get tested. You should get tested even if you had sex with a condom.  
 

How can I prevent HIV?

  • Practice safe sex: HIV is often transmitted through sex. By practicing safe sex, you reduce your risk of HIV. Safe sex means using condoms or dental dams properly every time you have sex, including oral sex.
  • Get tested for STIs regularly: The risk of HIV is higher if you have another STI. Get tested for STIs regularly to ensure no infection goes unnoticed.
  • Use PrEP or PEP: PrEP and PEP are HIV inhibitors. This means that they stop HIV from infecting the body. PrEP can be used before sex to prevent a potential HIV infection. PEP can be used after a potential HIV exposure to help block the virus from infecting the body.
  • Never share needles/syringes: Sharing needles is a high-risk activity that can transmit HIV. If you use injection drugs, always use a clean needle and never share your injection equipment with others.

Is this STI home test an alternative to a doctor's examination?

In the Netherlands, it is possible to get tested for free at the GGD until the age of 25 or if you fall into a risk group. Individuals older than 25 or who are not in a risk group can get tested at the GP or using a home test such as what Homed-IQ offers. While home STI testing is an alternative way to perform a laboratory test, it does not replace the advice of a doctor. Homed-IQ is unable to offer physical examinations, prescribe treatment, (other than chlamydia treatment for Netherlands residents) or provide follow-up STI care. If you test positive for an STI using a Homed-IQ test, take your test result to your GP for further advice and follow-up. If you are unable to visit your doctor, residents of the Netherlands can also visit OneDayClinic. OneDayClinic is a private clinic specializing in sexual health with branches throughout the country. They offer consultations and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B. Here you can be treated for a fee, just like at the doctor's office. The costs of treatment and consultation will be taken from your own risk (eigen risico) deductible. Treatment can be done anonymously if necessary. To see the locations of OneDayClinic and to schedule an appointment, visit the online booking tool. Please be sure to bring your Homed-IQ test results with you to the appointment.

What are the most common STIs?

Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, HPV, hepatitis B, and HIV are some of the most common STIs worldwide. In the Netherlands, chlamydia is the most common STI (RIVM, 2022).

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample
After the online activation of the test kit, you can collect the test sample and return it to the lab for analysis.
Receive your test result
A certified laboratory will analyze your test and share it with our medical team, after which you receive the results in your account.

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