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Another AIDS “cure” scandal hits South Africa

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1696
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's drug regulatory authority, the Medicines Control Council, has acted swiftly to close down yet another clinic offering an untested, unsupervised, and illegal cure for AIDS. The latest newspaper reports, however, say that the clinic continues to operate illegally.

    Last week newspapers in Johannesburg reported that a clinic calling itself the Genesis Research Centre was offering experimental “oxytherapy” to people with AIDS. This involved injecting ozone into blood vessels. It is neither the first, nor likely to be the last, of the quick “cures” being offered to the millions of people in South Africa who are HIV positive.

    The most recent so called cure—the drug Virodene—continues to receive the support of the …

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