A website that is advertised via Google ads, is promoting alternative, unproven and untested medicines for the treatment of HIV. The website is http://www.hivsecrets.com. Upon registering with it, a report titled HIV Alternative Therapies Report is made freely available for download. This report is written by a Ms Shirley Wyand. Ms Wyand has no known expertise in the science of HIV/AIDS.
The report is replete with misconceptions. For example, it states, “Since Western medical science offers no cure and few treatments for AIDS, people living with HIV are open to other options, and a tradition of gathering and sharing treatment information already exists.” On the contrary, antiretroviral treatment is a very effective chronic treatment for HIV. There are also many effective medicines that treat AIDS-related opportunistic infections. There are no alternative treatments for HIV that have been shown to be effective. Indeed, once a medicine is shown to be effective it is no longer an alternative one.
Another example of the report’s misconceptions is that it promotes an untested product called Revivo tea. This products advertisements touting its efficacy for the treatment of HIV have recently been banned in South Africa by that country’s Advertising Standards Authority.
We urge people with HIV to be extremely cautious about following any of Ms Wyand’s advice.