Under the U.K.'s HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992 it is illegal to sell products which offer on-the-spot HIV results in the UK. However, the BBC investigative program 'You and Yours
' has reported
that HIV home testing kits widely available online, including kits being sold via Britain's biggest online retailer Amazon.
The kits sold by Amazon were supplied by a Canadian company called Viaguard
Accu-Metrics and cost £60 (around $100).
The big risk is that such HIV products are untested, not approved by health authorities, and may give false results. In 2011 the Canadian health regulator ordered
Toronto-based Viaguard Accu-Metrics to stop advertising or selling the kits in Canada.
Following the BBC report, Amazon has declared that all kits have been removed
from its website.