STI self-testing kits
Fake STI self-testing kits can give unreliable or even false results and pose a risk to public health. Our top tips can help you spot a fake and stay safe when buying STI self-testing kits online.
It’s important to remember that no STI self-testing kit is 100% reliable and should never replace a health professional’s advice. Before buying a self-test kit, it’s always best to talk to a health professional.
Beware of dodgy websites
Poor design, pop-ups spelling and grammar errors are all signs of dodgy websites. Check for genuine product reviews when buying online.
Look for the CE mark
A legitimate CE mark indicates that the product complies with essential regulatory requirements that make sure they work as they’re suppose and are safe.
Check the expiry date
Test kits that have passed their expiry date or don’t have on won’t provide reliable results.
Bad packaging, bad product
Kits with a homemade appearance or ones that are open or damaged should be avoided
The instructions should be clear
Instructions should be in English, clear and easy to read. Kits should include clear instructions that show you how to use the test correctly without the need for any specialist equipment.
Check that it is a self-test kit
Approved STI self-test kits should clearly state they are for use as a self-test and should not say “For professional use”.
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