Are there alternative treatments for HIV?

Dr. Frank A. Spinelli, MD
Internal Medicine
There are no recommended alternative therapies for HIV, but herbal remedies can be incorporated if your doctor approves. Watch men's health and HIV/AIDS specialist Frank Spinelli, MD, urge caution when adding herbal supplements to HIV treatment.
People with HIV should be extremely careful about using alternative medicines or treatments. There are many fraudulent treatments that may be promoted as cures. The prescription drugs used to treat HIV are evolving and becoming more effective. Certain alternative or complementary treatments may help your quality of life. Vitamin and mineral supplements are usually safe and can provide nutritional assistance. Stress relief such as meditation, yoga, and acupuncture has helped people with HIV. Acupuncturists use new sterilized needles. Make sure that they are aware of your condition. Do not take any herbal or homeopathic remedies without consulting your primary physician; some supplements, like St. John's wort, may interfere with some HIV drugs. Some people with HIV find that smoking marijuana helps them with their symptoms, increases appetite, and reduces stress.

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