[Use of alternative treatments by HIV-positive and AIDS patients in The Netherlands].Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 1994 Feb 05; 138(6):307-10.NT
To analyse the use of alternative treatments by HIV-positive and AIDS patients.
Members of the HIV association, the Dutch association of haemophilia patients, and people under treatment of a certain alternative healer.
708 questionnaires were sent out.
Of 206 respondents with HIV/AIDS 30.6% used alternative treatments. Of these 24% had already used alternative methods before the diagnosis, 27% started with alternative therapy after the HIV-positive diagnosis, and 13% did so when the number of CD4+ T-cells began to decrease. The treatments were mostly mega-vitamin treatment (51%), psychological techniques (46%) and homeopathy (40%). Half the patients using alternative therapies did so on instigation and with support of their family physician. Many patients (37%) felt better using alternative therapy and 34% were satisfied with it because it gave them the feeling they were actively increasing their own resistance capacity.