About STIs

  • A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection caused by a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection that is passed from one person to another during sex or intimate contact
  • The majority of STIs are passed between sexual partners via unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex
  • If you have been diagnosed with an STI, avoid sex and/or intimate contact with others until you have been successfully treated

General symptoms

STI symptoms vary depending on the type of infection. Regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, many STIs have no signs or symptoms, or the symptoms take a long time to show. When should I test?

External symptoms can include itchiness, soreness, rashes or redness, pain when passing urine, discharge from the vagina or penis and/or lumps or sores on the genitals. Internal symptoms can include abdominal and groin pain.

Do I have one?

The only way to know you are not passing infections on to others is to have an STI test. If you are sexually active, testing is recommended every time you change partners. It can take time for some infections to show up in tests. Learn when STIs show up in tests.

Which test should I get?

BioSmart STI test kits enable easy, safe and discreet self-sampling at home with the help of collection devices and instructions.

Select the Basic Three STI Test for Men if you are:

  • A man who has sex with men
  • A man who has sex with women
  • A man who has sex with men, women and/or trans

Select the Basic Three STI Test for Women if you are:

  • A woman who has sex with men
  • A woman who has sex with women
  • A woman who has sex with men, women and/or trans

BioSmart’s At-home Pap Smear for women allows you to carry out an HPV/Cervical Cancer Screening Test by yourself at home – simply and painlessly.

Test results

Samples are analysed at our accredited pathology laboratory.

Simply follow the instructions on your sample kit and notify us when the sample is ready for collection.

Your results will be emailed to you as soon as possible.

What you should know

When should I test?

Knowing when to test for an STI is very important as some infections take time to show up on a test. The window period refers to the length of time it takes from becoming infected to testing positive.

Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (NG)
5 – 14 days
Chlamydia Trachomatis (CT)
7 – 21 days
Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)
5 – 28 days
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
2 – 4 weeks
10 – 33 days
3 – 6 weeks
Herpes Simplex 1
4 – 6 weeks
Herpes Simplex 2
4 – 6 weeks
Hepatitis B
2 – 22 weeks
Hepatitis C
2 – 26 weeks

STI treatment

If you have an infection, please visit your doctor or a local clinic for treatment. Feel free to contact us so we can direct you to a healthcare professional best suited to assist.