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Stop herbal hoax

Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, June 10, 2012

TRADITIONAL herbal therapy organisations and practitioners in the Pacific have been told to stop misleading people living with HIV (PLHIV).

The call was made by the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation in a statement.

"PIAF's call relates to certain traditional herbal therapy organisations and religious organisations in the region that have claimed that their herbal products in the form of juice have cured and eradicated the HIV virus from PLHIV," the statement said.

"PIAF is aware and appreciates that a number of traditional and herbal treatments may have qualities in helping to improve the health condition of a PLHIV.

"It may also help someone who is taking the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs but there is no proven evidence to this date of anyone healed as a result of traditional or herbal medicine alone."

The foundation appealed to those who claim otherwise to back up their claims with scientific evidence. It said, the person who claims to have been cured from HIV must provide test results that was positive and became negative as a result of taking the specific traditional or herbal medicine.

"HIV is a chronic disease and the only treatment proven by science and medicine to treat the virus load in a PLHIV is the ART drugs.

"Scientists have not found a cure for AIDS but the ART drug prolongs the life of a PLHIV, decreases the virus load and protects their immune system from other opportunistic infections."