Feds issue warning to makers of unproven STD treatments

The AP reports, “Federal health officials are cracking down on bogus pills and supplements that their makers claim will cure or prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV, herpes and genital warts.”

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reported the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission “said they had sent ‘multiple letters’ to companies selling the products warning them that the products violate federal law.

The products, including Medavir, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure and Never An Outbreak, are sold online and in retail stores and claim to treat a range of STDs, including herpes, Chlamydia, genital warts, HIV and AIDS.”

However, “they have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, the agencies said.”

As I’ve told you many times, alternative therapies and natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are, in essence, NOT regulated in this country. So, in considering ANY alternative product, buyer beware!

And before taking any natural medicine, be sure to run it by your pharmacist or family physician.

If you’re interested in reading more about alternative therapies and medicines, I’ve co-written and evidence-based book on the topic that was published and endorsed by the Christian Medical Association: Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely. Signed copies are available here.

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