HIV testing kits being sold illegallyWhich? discovers sites selling to UK consumers
25 February 2010
HIV home testing kits that give instant results are being sold illegally online to British consumers, Which? has found.
Which? reported the sites selling the kits to the Department of Health. It is already investigating two of the sites, and will begin investigating the other two as a result of our research.
Dr Rob Reid, Which? scientific policy adviser, said: ‘These test kits are illegal, and are sometimes delivered without essential information. If you want an HIV test, go to an NHS sexual health clinic.’
Illegal HIV test sales
We were able to purchase test kits from three websites - we ordered a test from a fourth site and it has yet to turn up.
Self Tests Direct, the only website to respond when contacted, said: ‘We had no idea we were not supposed to sell these kits in the UK.’ It has since taken its public website down.
We also discovered that eBay was carrying sponsored links to another site selling the test kits illegally. When we contacted eBay, it removed the links and has ensured similar links can't be accessed via its site.