Table 1

Information obtained from survey of internet sites

International sites (13)US sites (10)Wholesalers/distributors (4)Total
Viral diseases
HIV54312
HSV1719
HAV0415
HBV2518
HCV26210
Bacterial diseases
Chlamydia119323
Gonorrhoea58417
Trichomonas1214
Syphilis2406
Gardnerella and1001
Yeast1001
M genitalium1001
Contact information listed on website1310427
Contact information not valid6219
Survey response received0202
Highest cost/type of testUS$299 (∼£160) STD panel includes chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes simplex 1 & 2, M genitalium, Ureaplasma urealyticum/parvum, trichomonas and gardnerellaUS$399 (∼£214) STD panel includes HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes 1 and herpes 2US$799 (∼£429) HIV proviral DNA by PCR
Lowest cost/type of testUS$19 (∼£10) Chlamydia single testFree chlamydia, gonorrhoea or trichomonasUS$16.00 (∼£9) Bacteria (Escherichia coli, etc)
US$22 (∼£12) chlamydia test
Offers telephone consultations1 (additional cost)001
Uses external lab1 (external lab) 2 (results in seconds urinalysis)1n/a
Additional testing offered, that is, fertility testing, drug testing, diabetic testing, etc94417
  • HAV, hepatitis A virus; HBV, hepatitis B virus; HCV, hepatitis C virus; HSV, herpes simplex virus; STD, sexually transmitted disease.