Just Between Us | Sexual Health

Just Between Us™ and our sister site Don’t Pass It On™ have been supporting a positive attitude towards sexual health across the UK since 2012, receiving and processing over 100,000 STI test kit requests each year.

Our aim is to minimize the spread of STIs, including HIV, by encouraging people to test regularly and to reinforce the importance of safe sex.

Sexually transmitted infections are more common than people think and infections don’t always have symptoms. At Just Between Us™, we pride ourselves in offering a discreet, easy to access service with guaranteed privacy and accurate laboratory tests to put minds at ease. With regular testing, individuals can stay in control of their sexual health and protect themselves and their partner(s).

Our Tests

Just Between Us™ offers a number of different testing kits, from the more commonly occurring bacterial infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and Mycoplasm Genitalium (MG), to more complex infections such as HIV and Hepatitis.

Our tests are suitable for any gender and can be ordered individually or alongside others, dependent upon an individual’s needs. We offer the following testing kits:

  • Chlamydia
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • Syphilis
  • ST4 – HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis
  • ST6 – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis
  • ST10 – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes simplex I, herpes simplex II, trichomoniasis, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasm urealyticum and chancroid

Our service is user-friendly, quick and most importantly, it is completely confidential.

The process allows you to order, provide a sample(s) and receive your results without any embarrassing conversations or appointments, completely at your convenience and available 24 hours a day.

How it works

The test kits can be ordered at www.jbu-clinic.co.uk and delivered in discreet packaging, unmarked, and anonymous if required; a sample can be provided and returned back to the Just Between Us™ laboratory for testing – all within 48 hours.

The type of sample required differs depending on the test. To be tested for bacterial infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, men must provide a urine sample, while women can choose between a urine sample and a vaginal swab. Blood borne viruses, such as HIV, require a small blood sample that is almost entirely painless.

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Just Between Us™ benefits from being part of the Source BioScience group, an international provider of state of the art Laboratory Services and Products. Our laboratories across the UK, Europe and the USA are at the forefront of diagnostic testing. Samples are tested (the day they are received) in our Nottingham laboratory, using the most up-to-date scientific platforms and working to the highest quality standards possible. Our laboratory and team of scientists maintain all the accreditation required by an NHS testing facility and our tests are as accurate in both sensitivity and specificity as any clinic-based test.

Results

Results are delivered by either email or text. In the event of a positive result for an uncomplicated bacterial infection, we offer an online pharmacy solution to provide the necessary antibiotics, delivered to your door the next day. We also offer counselling and advice depending on what you have been tested for. The whole process is completely anonymous, ensuring the privacy and integrity of your information.

At Just Between Us™ we’ve partnered with the Terrance Higgins Trust so that if we test a sample and it returns a positive result for a blood borne virus, you will be contacted directly regarding advice, confirmatory testing, and the availability of other services local to you. We don’t expect anyone to have to deal with such difficult news without access to first class help and information, and the Terrance Higgins Trust are the UKs leading HIV charity.

Now, Russell Wheatcroft of Just Between Us discusses some of the services on offer to safeguard your sexual health.

How long has Just Between Us been established?

Just Between Us™ and our sister site Don’t Pass it On™ have been providing STI tests to individuals across the UK since 2012, receiving and processing over 100,000 kit requests each year.

What services do you offer?

We pride ourselves in offering a discreet, easy to access service with guaranteed privacy and accurate laboratory tests to put minds at ease. The process allows you to order, provide sample(s) and receive your results with no embarrassing conversations or appointments, completely at your convenience to allow you to carry on with your day as normal, whilst dealing with this important health issue.

Just Between Us™ offers a number of different testing kits, from the more commonly occurring bacterial infections such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Mycoplasm Genitalium, to more complex infections such as HIV and Hepatitis.

Our tests can be ordered individually or alongside a number of other tests dependent upon an individuals need. And tests are suitable for any gender.

  • Chlamydia
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • Syphilis
  • ST4 – HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis
  • ST6 – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis
  • ST10 – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes simplex I, herpes simplex II, trichomoniasis, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasm urealyticum and chancroid
Russell Wheatcroft

Russell Wheatcroft

Why do you think it is so important to be checked regularly for STIs?

Sexually transmitted infections are more common than people think and infections don’t always have symptoms, which means you might not even know if you’ve caught something. For example, around a quarter of people with HIV in the UK do not know they have it. In extreme cases, STIs can lead to infertility (Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea), irreversible organ damage and they can also be fatal (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis).

Most STIs however can be cured with antibiotics and at Just Between Us™ we can prescribe antibiotics for a number of infections, to enable individuals to get the treatment they need in the privacy of their own home. Antibiotics are sent out by Next Day courier after answering just a few questions online with a prescribing pharmacist. Some infections, such as HIV, have no cure but treatment can be given to stop it getting worse. At Just Between Us™ we’ve partnered with the Terrance Higgins Trust so that if we test a sample and it returns a positive result for a blood borne virus, individuals are contacted directly regarding confirmatory testing, advice and the availability of other services.

It is important that we prioritize sexual health in the UK, and minimize the spread of HIV and STIs, by encouraging people to test regularly and reinforcing the importance of safe sex. By testing for STIs, individuals can stay in control of their sexual health and protect themselves and their partner(s).

Why a testing kit? Why not just turn up at your local GUM clinic?

Sometimes visiting a sexual health clinic may not be convenient, sometimes it may be just too embarrassing; sitting in a room full of people, or at your family GP. Just Between Us™ offers a convenient, discrete service that is easy to access at any time, providing the same service as an NHS or private clinic but with no people and no embarrassing situations.

The test kits can be ordered at www.jbu-clinic.co.uk and delivered in discreet packaging, unmarked, and anonymous if required; a sample can be provided and returned back to the Just Between Us™ laboratory for testing – all within 48 hours. Results are sent by email or text and should you receive a positive result, we also provide an online pharmacy solution to provide the necessary antibiotics or a counselling service for advice, depending on what you have been tested for. The whole process is completely anonymous, ensuring the privacy and integrity of your information.

How does one set about arranging for a test, and how long should someone expect to have to wait before the kit arrives?

At Just Between Us™ we’ve simplified the process into 3 steps:

Simply choose from the range of tests we offer and pay by either Credit/Bank card or PayPal. At this stage in the process we don’t ask for any other personal information. Individuals can order one or multiple kits and they can be for own use or given to friends or partners.

All of our kits are sent out by First Class Royal Mail on the day the order is received. Each kit is sent in discreet packaging, unmarked, and can be anonymous if required. The kits contain clear, easy to follow instructions, a sample collection container and simple request form for completion by the individual taking the test.  The request form asks a few questions, such as name, date of birth and email address so that we can provide the individual with log on details to receive results. It also asks a few simple questions about their sexual history but these are not mandatory.

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How is the test taken?

This depends entirely on the test that is requested. Bacterial infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be tested on urine samples for males and/or a vaginal swab for females – an individual gets to choose when placing their order. Blood borne viruses on the other hand such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C require a small blood sample to be placed on a piece of filter paper, known as a Dry Blood Spot card by pricking, usually one or two fingers, with a tiny lancet and dotting the blood onto the card. This is almost entirely painless and is easier than any other test on the market which require “whole blood” samples. Syphilis tests require a bit more blood from a finger prick, but are still easy to do at home.

Samples are returned by the individual taking the test by simply sealing them in the prepaid box provided and popping them into any UK post box.

How long will someone have to wait before their test result?

Results are usually available within two days of the sample being received in our laboratory. Notification of results are sent to the individual by email and using the username and password provided they can log in and access their results at a convenient time.

How accurate are the test results?

Just Between Us™ benefits from being part of the Source BioScience group, an international provider of state of the art Laboratory Services and Products. Our laboratories across the UK, Europe and the USA are at the forefront of diagnostic testing and it is in our Nottingham laboratory where your sample is tested the day it is received, using the most up to date scientific platforms to the highest quality standards possible. Our laboratory and team of scientists maintain all the accreditation required by an NHS testing facility and our tests are as accurate in both sensitivity and specificity as any clinic based test.

We use Nucleic Acid Amplification Technology, as required for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme, and our HIV test is a 4th Generation test meaning it tests for p24 antigen as well as antibodies. It is therefore better suited for detecting a recent infection and is the test recommended in UK guidelines.

Should the test come back positive, what counselling or advice do you offer?

Most STIs can be cured with antibiotics and at Just Between Us™ we can prescribe the antibiotics for a number of infections, to enable individuals to get the treatment they need in the privacy of their own home.

For peace of mind at Just Between Us™ we’ve partnered with the Terrance Higgins Trust so that if we test a sample and it returns a positive result for a blood borne virus, individuals will be contacted directly regarding advice, confirmatory testing, and the availability of other services locally. We don’t expect anyone to have to deal with that sort of news without access to first class help and information and the Terrance Higgins Trust are the UK’s leading HIV charity.

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We talk with the guys behind Just Between Us sexual health.