UNAIDS, WHO Call for "Evidence-Based" Responses to HIV/AIDS Following Gambian President's Claims of Cure
March 20, 2007
UNAIDS and the World Health Organization on Friday in a joint statement called for an "evidence-based" response to HIV/AIDS following Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's claim that he can cure the disease with an herbal remedy, United Press International reports (United Press International, 3/16). Jammeh since January has claimed that he can cure HIV/AIDS with a treatment that involves application of a green paste, as well as application of a gray-colored solution splashed on people's skin and drinking a yellowish tea-like liquid. Jammeh said people taking the treatment should refrain from drinking alcohol, tea and coffee; eating kola nuts; and having sex. Public health workers' biggest concern is that Jammeh asks HIV-positive people to stop taking antiretroviral drugs, which weakens their immune systems and makes them more prone to infections, according to Antonio Filipe, WHO regional adviser in Senegal. Jammeh in February ordered United Nations representative Fadzai Gwaradzimba to leave the country after she questioned his claim. In addition, Gambian authorities in February fired two journalists at a newspaper in the country because Jammeh did not approve of their reports on his treatment. The journalists were given back their jobs after about four days (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/27).
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