Virological Changes in HIV infected People undergoing Herbal Treatment

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November, 2009
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In a study to assess the response of HIV/AIDS patients to some herbal products as HIV/AIDS therapeutic, we evaluated three of such products in four HIV-infected patients by looking at virological (viral load) and other parameters such as CD4+ T cell count, heamatology and biochemistry that may be altered in these patients over a period of six months. Results obtained showed that two patients responded successfully to their treatments suggesting the potential potency of the herbal products they had taken. However, the remaining two patients showed evidence of virological and immunological treatment failure. Finally, the achievement of health improvement within six months indicates that herbal medicine can be used as an alternative treatment for HIV/AIDS, and that it is a good immune booster and probable "virus-cidal" factor.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Clinical Microbiology Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree,