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Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients

Despite significant improvements in anti AIDS therapy, complimentary and alternative medicine seem to be more attractive to the AIDS positive patients, according to a new study. Among 191 HIV-positive outpatients surveyed about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, 67% said they had used alternative therapies at some point to control their HIV infection and 40% reported current use. The findings appear in the current issue of The journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

Prayer therapy, simple exercises, lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, mega vitamins, counseling and herbal medications seem to be the most preferred forms of alternative treatment used by these patients.

70% of these patients said that these therapies had improved their condition. The study was conducted by researchers headed by Dr. Joan Duggan of the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.

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