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Herbal treatments?

Dr. David: I’ve been reading online about new herbal treatments for HIV. What’s the deal?
Dr. Demetre: You have some questions? We know HIV.
Dr. David: I’m a doctor. I’m trained for this.
Dr. Leandro: We’re gonna give you what you need.
Dr. David: We don’t have any herbal treatments that are known to be a cure. And if you were to do a Google search on the internet and look for herbal cures for HIV, you’ll see a lot of people saying a lot of different things. Some of these herbal treatments that you’ll see online or that you’ll hear about in the newspaper actually haven’t been specifically tested and people are running a lot of scams to do a lot of herbal treatments to make money on medications that won’t actually treat as well for HIV as the medications prescribed from your doctor. In addition to that you really have to be careful because some of these herbal medications can cause side effects with the liver and other organs in your body that help get rid of some of the HIV medications. They could interact with the HIV medications and cause more side effects. Don’t go off your HIV meds just to start taking the herbal supplements. Make sure you communicate with your medical provider and make a decision together.

Herbal treatments you say? Dr. David breaks down the risks of non-approved, alternative treatments for people living with HIV.

There are currently no herbal treatments that are known to cure HIV/AIDS. Some of the herbal treatments that you see online or read about have not been tested and they could be scams created to make money. Someone with HIV must also be careful about herbal medications causing harm to the liver and other organs. They could also interact with antiretroviral medications (ARVs) and cause side effects.

If you are considering taking herbal treatments, talk with your medical provider and make a decision together.


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