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Many HIV Patients Report Use of Alternative Meds

February 16, 2001

A new study into the insight of patients' perception of their illness and medication regimen found that many HIV-positive individuals take alternative therapies in addition to their prescribed HIV medications. Alternative therapies included micronutrients, vitamins, herbal supplements, teas, massage, protein supplements, and anabolic steroids. According to the study, almost 60 percent of the patients who said they used alternative medicines said they had informed their doctors about the therapies, although the data was not generally recorded in the patient's chart; the patients were more likely to tell their physicians only about their use of anabolic steroids or protein supplements. Because of the possible toxicity or negative interactions, the researchers advise patients to inform their physicians of all alternative medicines they are using.

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02/15/01; Huggins, Charnicia E.

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