With no antiretrovirals, Venezuela HIV patients rely on leaf remedy

An HIV positive man strains a mixture of water and shredded leaves of the tropical tree guasimo in Caracas, Venezuela, December 10, 2018. Picture taken December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello

CARACAS (Reuters) – As Venezuela’s hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo. For each dose, patients use around 50 leaves from the tree, which is often used for lumber and is also […]

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