Giving Samples

After you print your lab form

After you have printed your lab form, take it to a participating LifeLabs location to give your samples. Appointments are not required, but you may find it faster to use the LifeLabs online appointment booking system.

Please print and bring both pages of the form to LifeLabs

You must print and bring both pages of the lab form to LifeLabs.  The lab technician will take Page 1 and you will keep Page 2 as a reference. Because your name is not on the form, you will be asked what name you want to be called up by when it is time to give your samples.  The lab technician will use your date of birth and gender to verify your identity.  

Giving blood, urine and swabbing yourself

The lab technician will collect your urine and blood samples for testing. If throat and/or rectal swabs have been recommended for you, the technician will give you a swab kit so that you can collect the swab samples yourself (self-swab). Instructions on how to self-swab are included in the kit. You can take the kit and self-swab at home, then bring the samples back to a participating LifeLabs, or you can self-swab at the lab. If you self-swab at home, please bring your samples back to LifeLabs promptly, as you will not get your results until all your samples have been tested.

Blood samples:
HIV, Syphilis and Hep. C

A lab technician will draw blood from your arm.

Urine sample:
Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

You will be given a plastic cup to urinate (pee) into.

Do not urinate for 2 hours before giving a sample.

Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

You will be given a swab kit to take home and self-swab.

Bring your swab samples back to a participating LifeLabs.

Throat Swab Instructions Rectal Swab Instructions

How long will it take to get results?

Once you have given all your samples at the lab, it will be approximately 7 to 12 days before your results are ready.​​​​​


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