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how to take your samples

Oral (mouth) samples – female


These instructions are for people who have received a female self-sampling kit.


Follow these instructions to take samples from your mouth.


We use the oral sample to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea which may be present inside your mouth.

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Before you start

Please check all the sample tubes in your kit for a use by date.

You must collect your samples before the earliest date found on any of the tubes for us to be able to test them. If you are unable to collect your samples before this date, you must request a new kit.

Picture showing use by date on label of sample tube

Even if you can't take all of the samples, please return your kit. We will test any complete samples which you return to us.

Diagram illustrating step 1


Remove the cotton bud swab from the paper packet (blue shaft in the package with green writing). Be careful not to touch the cotton end.

Diagram illustrating step 2


Place the tip of the swab into your mouth until it touches the back of the roof of your mouth and turn it for 10 to 30 seconds.

Diagram illustrating step 3


Remove the cap from the thin white tube and immediately place the cotton bud swab into it.

Diagram illustrating step 4


Carefully break the swab shaft against the side of the tube at the scoreline and discard the top portion of the swab shaft.

Diagram illustrating step 5


Screw the lid back onto the tube tightly. Do not pierce the foil cap of the lid.

Diagram illustrating step 6


Write your name and date of sample collection on the tube. Then take the numbered sticker (labelled oral) from the request form and attach it to the tube.

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