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HIV Cure? What is the Goat Serum?
Aug 30, 2000

A doctor from Tulsa, OK is administering a goat serum which is supposed to be a cure for HIV. What studies have been done? What do you know about this? It costs $50,000 -- is this the scam of the century or what?

Response from Dr. Stryker

Not aware of any serious studies of "goat serum" as a treatment for HIV. And it is certainly no cure; any such claims should be viewed with extreme scepticism. The price tag is another red flag...

Unfortunately, promises of HIV cures and unproven treatments are easy to find; let the buyer beware. When evaluating experimental treatments for HIV, find out what you can about any previous animal and /or human studies. Results should have been presented at one of the many HIV conferences, or published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. Find out who is making money on the treatment. At least with the large pharmaceutical companies, things are generally above-board, strictly monitored by regulatory bodies like the FDA, and any claims of efficacy have to be backed up by fact. It is an imperfect system, but it is the one we are stuck with for now! It beats the heck out of relying on anecdotal info from unscrupulous individuals who prey on people with life-threatening illnesses. RAS

Rick Stryker, M.D., M.P.H.

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