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Published on Dec 7, 2017
Watch how to take a Fettle finger prick blood sample at home.
Here are some top tips that can help make it easier: - relax - warm up (have a hot shower or bath just before) - stay standing and keep your arm straight, with your hand below your waist - push the lancet firmly against your finger - aim for the middle or side of your finger not too close to your finger nail - if you’re nervous ask someone to help you.
How long does this test take? It is best to do this when you have 5-10 minutes spare. Watching this video will help you take your sample more quickly whilst being warm and keeping your arm straight will really help blood flow to your finger.
Does it hurt? Some people say it doesn't hurt at all, others say their finger is still a little sore a couple of days later. The lancet will make a cut into your finger. Some people find the centre of their fingertips are sensitive and so they prick the side of their finger.
When should I take this test? It takes time before STIs can be detected in a test. You should wait 4 weeks after you think you could have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C and 12 weeks for syphilis. You can do this test at any time of day.
What will this test for? Depending on what kit you order, we can test your blood samples for syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Check your lab card to see which tests will be carried out on your samples.
Do I need to write my name on the samples? No, we have already labelled your samples with a unique code, this is to ensure your experience is as easy and discreet as possible.