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    Drug Warning: Unsafe Drugs Sold Online

    Teens Beware! There are dangerous natural products sold on the Internet that falsely claim to treat and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning about ineffective products sold on the Internet. These products are falsely advertised to treat and prevent STIs such as herpes, chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical dysplasia, and HIV/AIDS.

    These products are dangerous because they have not been proven to work. They give people false hope that may keep them from seeking treatments that have been proven in scientific studies to be effective. These unsafe products include topical solutions, creams, lip balms, pills, light treatment lamps, electromagnetic devices, and lubricants. Some of these products actually harm you. While it may look like the problem is gone, it could come back, perhaps even worse than before. None of these things have been proven to work, and if they did, your doctor would be the first to support their use!

    If left untreated, STIs can cause long-term problems, including infertility. If you ever suspect you have an STI, you need to make an appointment with your doctor. They can help you figure out if you have anything, and if so, what. After you're 12 years old (depending on what state you live in), anything you discuss with your doctor is private and cannot be shared unless you give your permission. (We suggest you call the doctor's office first and verify this.)

    In California, you are allowed to ask your guardian who has accompanied you to the doctor to leave the room so that you may speak privately with your doctor. In the states where this is allowed, the law says that you are able to have private conversations with your doctor, and if it is offered in the state where you live, you may exercise this right.

    Drugs Removed from Market

    The FDA has removed the following from the market:

    Product nameFalsely sold to treatWhat it contains or delivers

    Safe Lips by Tetrasol
    • Oral Herpes (Cold Sores)
    • Silver oxide
    • Essential oils

    Aviralex topical solution
    • Oral and Genital Herpes
    • Ammoniated acid
    • Sulphur
    • Lemon Balm
    • Saint John's Wort

    Oxi-MED cream
    • Genital Warts – Human papilloma virus (HPV)
    • Oral and Genital Herpes
    • Bio-oxidatives
    • Salicylic Acid
    • L-Lysine

    Imulux Lamps Device
    • Oral and Genital Herpes and Shingles
    • UV light treatment

    • Human papilloma virus (HPV)
    • Genital Warts
    • Plantar Warts
    • Cervical Dysplasia
    • Aloe vera

    • Genital Warts – Human papilloma virus (HPV)
    • Oral and Genital Herpes
    • Spirulina platensis
    • Olive Leaf
    • Extract Red Marine Algae
    • Colostrum

    Qina Device
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Cancer
    • Device that generates electro magnetic energy

    SlicPlus Lubricant
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Chlamydia
    • Genital Herpes
    • Hepatitis B
    • Multivitamins

    A word of advice: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And if in doubt, or if it sounds shady or suspicious, ask your doctor or a trained health care professional that you trust.

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    Written By: Madison Brown-Moffitt, high school writer and PAMF Staff
    Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
    Last Reviewed: October 2013

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