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Self-testing for Diseases

Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Self-testing for Diseases
By Natasha on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 10:36 am:

Self testing sold over the counter (without a prescription from a doctor) has been around for a while for Pregnancy and Ovulation, but now it seem to be more and more popular and expanding to a wide variety of other health areas.

Self testing for various health problems -- a fad, or do we not trust our doctors anymore to keep professional privacy? You can order a variety of tests over the internet. Below is a small sample of possible sources. Even though many of the tests are called "self-tests" they still require a sample to be sent to a lab for analysis. I don't know how easy it is to receive such an order through Japanese Customs, though they seem to let personal supplies of various nutritional products and prescription medications through. Has anyone had experience having medications shipped to Japan directly from a "store"? (It seems to me that a lab test is not really the same as a medication.)

http://www.1-minute-aids-test.com/ (USA) $37.50 for the HIV test plus $4.00 for shipping/handling, probably more if shipped outside USA

http://www.self-test-kits.co.uk and sister site http://www.medisave.co.uk (Great Britain) Self-tests for Chlamydia, diabetes, and more, and soon will have HIV self test.

http://www.homehiv-test.com/ (USA) $54.95 for the HIV test ! They have telephone counselers and you access them anonymously with a 14 digit access code. They also have Hepatitis C tests for $69.95. And a home screening Alzheimer's Disease test for $16.95.


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