IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | Southern Africa | AFRICA: African potato hinders AIDS treatment - study | Care Treatment, Prevention Research, Other | Daily
Tuesday 1 November 2005
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews
 

Regions

Africa
East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·Angola
·Botswana
·Comoros
·Lesotho
·Madagascar
·Malawi
·Mauritus
·Mozambique
·Namibia
·South Africa
·Swaziland
·Zambia
·Zimbabwe
West Africa
RSSyndication
RSS - News Briefs

Features

PlusNews E-mail Subscription
 

AFRICA: African potato hinders AIDS treatment - study


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


JOHANNESBURG, 4 February (PLUSNEWS) - Herbal remedies such as the African potato may significantly weaken the power of anti-AIDS drugs, suggests a new study in 'AIDS', a leading medical journal.

A series of tests on the effects of African potato capsules, tablets and teas, found that the effectiveness of AIDS drugs was inhibited to such an extent that "extreme caution" is recommended to HIV positive people.

According to a local newspaper, The Sunday Tribune, researchers said that if tests were not carried out on herbal remedies, there could be "poisonous drug interactions, treatment failure and resistance to antiretrovirals".

The potato is among remedies like garlic, onions, beetroot and virgin olive oil, that South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has repeatedly advocated as immune system boosters for HIV-positive people.

[ENDS]

MORE NEWS BRIEFS




 
Recent AFRICA Reports
AIDS-prevention policies promote stigma - expert,  28/Oct/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 257, 28 October 2005,  28/Oct/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 256, 21 October 2005,  21/Oct/05
NAPWA partners with controversial Rath Foundation,  20/Oct/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 255, 14 October 2005,  14/Oct/05
Links
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.


[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2005
The material contained on www.PlusNews.org comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.