FDA warns consumers over fake products that claim to treat STDs

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on companies that it accuses of selling fake products for sexually transmitted diseases, the agency said.

The FDA said at least 15 products — some sold as dietary supplements — that claim to treat, prevent or cure such STDs as herpes, Chlamydia, genital warts and HIV/AIDS, were being sold online and at some retail stores. Brands include MedaVir, which claims to treat herpes; Gene-Eden, which claims to treat a range of STDs, as well as flu and mononucleosis; and several others.

“If you aren’t treating your STD with an FDA-approved medication, you’re not just putting your own health at risk — you could be endangering your partner,” FDA expert Debbie Birnkrant said.

The agency sent warning letters to 12 companies making the products, ordering them to stop or face regulatory action.

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