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Saturday, November 29, 2014
HIV Home Test Kits Alert!
Health Canada Warns HIV Home Test Kits Not Recommended!Wondering if you have or a potential partner have HIV? Health Canada warns certain HIV Home Test Kits may not give correct results. Don't gamble with your health!
|Health Canada Warns - HIV Home Test Kits Dangerous!|
Here is the press release from Health Canada:
Multiple distributors selling unlicensed Home-Use HIV Test Kits via Amazon.caOTTAWA – Health Canada is informing Canadians that multiple distributors (Positive Health, dailySupply, BestDealCA, eshopic, Urban Inspirations, grabthesale, and dealkings) are selling the unlicensed “OraQuick in Home HIV Test” kits via amazon.ca.
The “OraQuick in Home HIV Test” has not been authorized for sale in Canada, which means that Health Canada has not evaluated the kit for safety and effectiveness. There are currently no HIV test kits authorized by Health Canada for home use.
OraQuick Only Available Now on Amazon.com
While Health Canada states the test kits are being sold through Amazon Canada, we were only able to to find them on Amazon.com - the American site. The OraQuick HIV in home test kits on Amazon.com are advertised as being sold by OraQuick.
The test kits are described as a completely confidential test people can use at home with 99.9% accuracy. The test kit is supposedly endorsed by the FDA and the same saliva kit used by medical doctors. Another test kit marketed on Amazon.com requires purchasers to send the kit to a laboratory, but the OraQuick has no such requirement. Here are some examples of the test kits on Amazon.com.
|ORAQUICK HIV TEST (Pack of 2)|
What should you do if you purchased an OraQuick in Home HIV Test?Health Canada recommends Canadians who have used one of these HIV in home test kits talk to their healthcare practitioner. Health Canada's It's Your Health series has articles on Medical Test Kits for Home Use and Buying Medical Devices over the Internet. To confirm whether a device is licensed in Canada, please refer to the Medical Devices Active Licence Listing (MDALL). Health Canada has initiated compliance and enforcement actions and will continue to monitor the situation, take appropriate action and inform Canadians, when necessary. Complaints about medical devices can be reported to the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-267-9675, or by writing to: Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate Health Canada Address Locator: 2003D Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
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