Sample Collection Guide

This page contains instruction videos explaining the sample collection methods used in all  Homed-IQ tests. Each video demonstrates a different sample collection method.

Find our expert advice on how to collect a successful blood sample below.

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Yellow Tube
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Purple Tube
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Two Tubes
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Dried Blood Spot (DBS)

Blood Collection Tips

  • Drink plenty of water 30 minutes before collection.
  • Warm your hands well. Take a warm shower beforehand or run your hands under warm water for a few minutes.
  • Do jumping jacks or swing your arms and clench and unclench your fists for 1 minute.
  • Start by pricking your ring finger, slightly to the side of the fingertip where the skin is soft.
    • Do not prick your finger with anything other than the lancets provided in your test kit.
  • Wipe the first drop of blood away with the included alcohol-free disinfectant wipe.
  • Massage your hand, starting with your palm and first two thirds of the finger.
  • Avoid applying too much pressure to the fingertip as this can damage blood cells and cause the sample to become unusable.

If using a collection tube:

  • Don’t scrape your finger on the edge of the tube.
    • Let the blood drip into the tube or gently touch the blood droplet to the edge of the tube.
  • If you need to prick a second finger, use the middle finger next.
  • Once you have filled the blood tube, gently invert the tube 8-10 times.

If using a DBS card:

  • Wait until a blood droplet forms and let it drop onto the card.
  • Ensure you fill in at least 3 full circles up to the edges. 
  • If you need to prick a second finger, use the middle finger next.
  • Once you have filled the circles, let the card dry for 3-4 hours away from direct heat.

If you have used all included lancets and could not obtain enough blood, contact us at [email protected].

We will arrange additional lancets to be delivered to you.

Swab Sample Instructions

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Vaginal Swab
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Anal Swab
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Throat Swab

Other Sample Instructions

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Urine Sample
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Stool Sample
If you are having trouble collecting your sample or are not sure if you performed the test correctly, reach out to our support team.

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