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It is commendable that the South African authorities have cracked down on questionable modes of therapy for AIDS which are not only costly, but also may increase the morbidity of the patient. At the same time, I would like to point out the sad state of affairs in India, which is estimated to have the largest number of HIV/AIDS patients. This is the haven for quacks, who routinely publish ads in newspapers advertising quick herbal remedies for AIDS, often complete with photographs of patients who were "cured". These "doctors" have also been featured on talk shows, where they could not differentiate between antigens & antibodies. Sadly, the Health Ministry is turning a blind eye to all this. In a country with 50% illiteracy & a high rate of HIV positivity, the quacks show good business acumen, knowing that their patients will believe whatever they say & shell out whatever amount they demand, in their desperate hope for a cure.