Alternative or complementary? Nonallopathic therapies for HIV/AIDS.Altern Ther Health Med. 2000 Sep; 6(5):44-52.AT
Many people with HIV/AIDS use alternative therapies. Do they choose alternative therapies instead of allopathic therapies?
To examine patterns of use of allopathic therapies and alternative therapies among people living with HIV/AIDS.
Cross-sectional survey of convenience sample.
Nonclinical setting in Australia.
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.
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.
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.