We have all probably come across these products at some point as we traverse the net – they claim to ‘cure’ everything from AIDS, to syphilis to gonorrhea to genital warts.
These are products that may be variously advertized as ‘herbal’ or ‘back by research’ or ‘secret cure’ or may be peddled under a host of different guises.
They may be sold as ‘preventive’ medications or as ‘dietary supplements’, cures or treatments for any number of sexually transmitted diseases.
Now however the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have decided to crack down on products making claims to ‘cure’ sexually transmitted diseases.
It is in particular products such as Medavir, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure, and Never An Outbreak that have come under the FDA scanner for making unsubstantiated and even misleading claims.
The fact is that a lot of these so called ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’ are targeted at people who have some very serious conditions such as AIDS, HIV, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, genital warts and several other sexually transmitted diseases.
The efficacy or even safety of many of these products is not proven regardless of what claims are made on the website of the product. The efficacy of the product is also in doubt.
The claims made by products regarding STDs can be quite farfetched – for instance we know that people with AIDS are now able to live better longer lives than ever before because of advancements in medical science. However there is still no definitive cure for the actual disease.
And yet there are products available online that make the palpably false claim of being able to ‘cure’ such sexually transmitted diseases.
Opting for these possibly ineffective and even perhaps dangerous treatments may mean that people are being misled and that they are opting for these treatments when they should actually be undergoing safer and more effective treatments which are already available.
It is possible to lulled into a false sense of security that one is getting the medical attention that a condition needs when in fact they are not. This could mean that they are unknowingly passing on their infection or disease to others.
It is in a bid to stop the endangerment of public health, in particular sexual health that the FDA has issued notices to manufacturers of such products to warn of violation of federal law.
So it is important not to get swayed by claims made by products advertized and sold online, without doing the research about efficacy and clinical trials and most importantly, without clearing them with a doctor.