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Table 2 details of the products identified by the conditions treated (search conducted in February 2007).

From: Internet treatment of sexually transmitted infections – a public health hazard?

  Chlamydia Genital herpes Genital warts Gonorrhoea
Number of products 5 39 29 4
Treatment recommended by UK treatment guidelines [11–15] 3† 0 4 3†
Number of companies 4 20‡ 25‡ 3
Country (shipping from)     
   China - 1 (3%) 1 (3%) -
   EU (unspecified) - 2 (5%) 1 (3%) -
   India - 1 (3%) - -
   New Zealand 1 (20%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) -
   UK 3 (60%) 3 (8%) 4 (14%) 3 (75%)
   US 1 (20%) 29 (74%) 16 (55%) 1 (25%)
   Not specified - 2 (5%) 6 (21%) -
Average (range) package cost§ 58.28 (19.95–87.89) 44.84 (14.95–290) 56.99 (15.95–229) 73.22 (39–107.42)
Side effects reported* 2 (40%) 6 (15%) 7 (24%) 2 (50%)
Contraindications reported* 2 (40%) 6 (15%) 9 (31%) 2 (50%)
Interactions reported* 2 (40)% 2 (5%) 1 (3%) 2 (50%)
Consultation offered* 3 (60%) 13 (33%) 6 (21%) 3 (75%)
Recommended medical advice* 3 (60%) 7 (18%) 5 (17%) 3 (75%)
Partner treatment* 1 (20%) - 2 (7%) 1 (25%)
Prevention advice* 2 (40%) 2 (5%) 4 (14%) 2 (50%)
Claims of effectiveness* 3 (60%) 24 (62%) 9 (31%) 2 (50%)
  1. * Value is number and percentage of products; ‡ each product sold on e-bay is counted as belonging to a separate company; §costs are given in USD (USD:GBP = 0.512/USD:EURO = 0.763); † treatment consists of an unspecified antibiotic