CLAIM OF HERBAL AIDS CURE REFUTED BY PNG NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL CHAIRMAN

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By Dorothy Bengo

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 2, 1999 – The National)--National AIDS Council (NAC) Chairman Dr. Puka Temu has dismissed claims that an herbal tea can cure HIV/AIDS.

"There so far are no scientific tests and trials that have been done to establish how the herbs act on AIDS. This sort of information creates a false sense of security in the public and should be avoided at all cost," he said.

Dr. Temu was referring to a report on PNG Extra, a weekly show on EMTV, on October 25 that gave the message that herbal tea can cure HIV/AIDS.

He said as far as the office of NAC knows from currently available scientific information, there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS.

"It is not recommended by the NAC as a medicine to be taken by someone with HIV or AIDS. It may make the patient feel better but that does not mean the patient is cured. Blood tests need to be taken to prove such a case," he said.

He said the NAC wishes to discourage companies from advertising and spreading misleading information about such products, which have not proven of value as a medicine for the cure of AIDS.

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