Feb 1, 2010
Can this site please use the connections and sources available to it and find out some more information regarding the controversies in Nigeria. That is - the claims made by Dr J Abalaka and also Dr J Abdullahi regarding new treatments for HIV. These claims were made public over ten years ago and have not been either proven or disproved. Dr J Abalaka's organisation is Medicrest Specialist Hospital in Nigeria and Dr Abdullahi has an organisation called Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute also in Nigeria. This site is truly dedicated to education and unbiased consideration of everything HIV related. I would like to ask please that the experts on this site not vilify and attempt to immediately quash the claims of non FDA, WHO or drug company funded research projects that are yet to be verified as false. I would like to suggest that this site show some faith in that one day there will be a solution to this epidemic and to show that faith by starting a forum dedicated to eradication of HIV or a current HIV research discussion forum.
Response from Dr. McGowan
Thank you for your comment.
It is very true that research is needed broadly to come up with novel strategies and solutions to a medical problem as challenging as HIV and AIDS. However, it is not right to promote treatments that are at best not proven, and at worst may be harmful either directly or because they delay use of more appropriate treatments.
Conditions like HIV can lend themselves to unscrupulous people who for monetary or political gain prey on those who are desperate for treatment. The way we validate and test any treatment is through scientifically designed and balanced clinical trials...in which people with the condition are randomly (by equal chance) assigned blindly (so that the investigator who may have a vested interest in the treatment doesn't know which treatment is given to which patient) to the experimental treatment or a standard treatment. Results are compared between the treatments with regard to specified outcomes...suppression of HIV virus or increase in CD4 or decrease in disease. You mentioned that the treatment claims from Dr Abalaka have been circulating for over 10 years. There would have been plenty of time for him to have tested and proven his treatment as valuable in that time. Certainly if he had truly the results claimed a pharmaceutical company would long ago have bought the rights to it to test and market it. These companies will look at anything that has promise to work and make a return for them. This site is open to discussion about all promsing treatments, but there must be more to it than unsubstantiated claims, that would be a disservice to the many people who are struggling to find true hope and improved health.
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