Thinking of buying a medical self-test kit? Read this first

Growing trend of home tests cover a range of issues from fertility to coeliac disease, but are they reliable?

All valid medical devices must bear a CE mark for the specific medical purpose claimed

All valid medical devices must bear a CE mark for the specific medical purpose claimed

Think of a health concern you might have and the chances are there’s now an associated home test kit available, mostly online. A sexual health worry? Check. Fertility concerns? Check. Fear of elevated cancer risk? Check. Possible nutritional deficiencies? Check.

But how advisable is this emerging trend, particularly when pushed by commercial interests?

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