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Alternative or complementary? Nonallopathic therapies for HIV/AIDS.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2000 Sep; 6(5):44-52.AT

Abstract

CONTEXT

Many people with HIV/AIDS use alternative therapies. Do they choose alternative therapies instead of allopathic therapies?

OBJECTIVE

To examine patterns of use of allopathic therapies and alternative therapies among people living with HIV/AIDS.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional survey of convenience sample.

SETTING

Nonclinical setting in Australia.

PARTICIPANTS

925 men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Australia.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Correlates of choice of therapy included demographic variables, sources of information about treatment, and attitudes toward treatments and health management.

RESULTS

56% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia use alternative therapies. Attitudes toward both allopathic and alternative therapies were positive. The choice of allopathic and/or alternative therapies was related to disease progression. Choice of therapy was also related to attitudes toward allopathic and alternative therapies. Many users of alternative therapies believe that such therapies can alleviate the side effects of antiretroviral drugs.

CONCLUSIONS

The results of this study suggest that rather than being used as an alternative to allopathic medicine, nonallopathic therapies are used by people living with HIV/AIDS as complementary therapies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10979161

Citation

de Visser, R, et al. "Alternative or Complementary? Nonallopathic Therapies for HIV/AIDS." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol. 6, no. 5, 2000, pp. 44-52.
de Visser R, Ezzy D, Bartos M. Alternative or complementary? Nonallopathic therapies for HIV/AIDS. Altern Ther Health Med. 2000;6(5):44-52.
de Visser, R., Ezzy, D., & Bartos, M. (2000). Alternative or complementary? Nonallopathic therapies for HIV/AIDS. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 6(5), 44-52.
de Visser R, Ezzy D, Bartos M. Alternative or Complementary? Nonallopathic Therapies for HIV/AIDS. Altern Ther Health Med. 2000;6(5):44-52. PubMed PMID: 10979161.
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