MHRA warns against HIV home-testing kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned that people should not use the HIV/Aids Home Test Kit as it could be giving users unreliable results. 

According to the BBC, the medicines regulator has seized 114 of the kits from two suppliers in the UK and advises anyone who has used a kit in the past to re-test themselves.

Manufactured by Qingdao Hightop Biotech Co Ltd, the tests did not have a valid CE mark, meaning that they have not met the required standard. 

Often, home self-test kits for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have many benefits, including letting people test in their own space, in their own time, on their own terms. 

Yet despite this, Cary James who works with HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, is extremely concerned to see unregulated produce on the market and urges anyone considering a test to only use those with a CE mark. 

He warned that anyone taking a test without a CE mark risks both their own health and that of others. 

John Wilkinson, the director of devices at the MHRA, said: "People who buy a self-test kit online or from the High Street should know what they are buying is safe and reliable.

"Make sure the kit has a CE mark and clearly states that it is intended for home self-testing. If you are concerned you may have used an unreliable test kit, speak to your GP, sexual health clinic, pharmacist or other healthcare professional."

Currently there are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, according to the Terrence Higgins Trust, and it is one of the fastest-growing serious health conditions yet remains one of the least popular to support. ADNFCR-2094-ID-801839457-ADNFCR