HIV home-testing kits 'could be harmful', warn experts

Vulnerable patients are being put at risk when purchasing online HIV self-testing kits because many tests lack any Australian pre- or post-test advice, public health experts warn. 

Researchers from the University of Queensland assessed eight HIV self-testing kits they bought via the internet for between $15 and $85, which tested samples of blood, saliva or urine. 

While the accuracy of the tests was not assessed, two of the kits supplied were out of date and none of them met TGA requirements for HIV home-testing