Nut case

From Kaiser’s Daily HIV/AIDS report:

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh since January has claimed that he can cure HIV/AIDS with an herbal remedy, prompting concern among some public health workers in Africa who already are “struggling against faith healers dispensing herbal remedies,” the AP/Monterey County Herald reports. The treatment — which is applied over several weeks — involves application of a green paste, as well as application of a gray-colored solution splashed on the people’s skin and drinking a yellowish tea-like liquid…The biggest concern among public health workers is that Jammeh asks HIV-positive people to stop taking antiretroviral drugs…

Claims like this are a death sentence for Africa.

February 22, 2007

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