Early test (window period)


@Dr_Paula I had unprotected sex less than 2 weeks ago but I’m having symptoms. Could I send off my test earlier? I also ordered the blood test but do not want to do this one yet as I know it won’t be covered. It’s been just over a week since my potential exposure.


Hello @Kit123

I think it depends on what the symptoms that you are experiencing are.

If they are something like itching/blisters/ulcers etc things that are unlikely to be caused by the things that we test for then you should probably wait the 2 weeks.

If you are experiencing symptoms that may need urgent treatment like pelvic pain or unusual bleeding then you should probably visit your local service as they will treat you on the basis of an examination rather than waiting for the test results.

Hope that makes sense.