The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test device from online and unauthorized sellers.
In an official advisory issued Monday, the FDA advised the public not to buy and use the One Step Cassette Style HIV 1+2 Rapid Screen Test (whole blood).
The product allegedly is a device that tests for HIV and quickly returns results.
The FDA said the device is not registered with the agency. It said that the rapid screen HIV test device did not undergo the FDA’s evaluation process for quality and safety.
“In this regard, the public is hereby advised not to purchase the above-mentioned violative product and to be vigilant against the medical device products that are not registered with the FDA,” the advisory said.
According to the Department of Health in August, the Philippines has the “fastest growing” HIV epidemic in the Asia Pacific region, recording a spike of 140 percent in new cases from 2010 to 2016. —Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas/ALG, GMA News