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SOUTH AFRICA: Government backs vitamin proponent's AIDS views

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

JOHANNESBURG, 14 April (PLUSNEWS) - South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang this week defended the views of controversial vitamin proponent Dr Matthias Rath on HIV/AIDS and nutrition.

Rath's US-based foundation claimed in recent newspaper articles and flyers that vitamins and nutrition therapy alone could prevent AIDS-related deaths, and that antiretroviral medicines were toxic.

Tshabalala-Msimang maintained that Rath's claims supported the government's views on the importance of micronutrients in combating AIDS, despite having been dismissed as "wrong and misleading" by the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS.

"They [Rath foundation] are not undermining government's position - if anything, they are supporting it. Our own programme talks about vitamins and micronutrients," the health minister said in an interview with local newspaper, Business Day.



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