There is no scientific evidence specific to South African conditions backing the use of nutrition as the primary treatment for HIV-Aids and Tuberculosis (TB), according to research released by the Academy of Sciences of South Africa yesterday.
"The panel believes that nutrition is not a substitute for antiretroviral agents in the treatment of those diseases," said research panellist Barry Mendelow in Johannesburg at the release of the study on nutritional influences on immunity in HIV-Aids and TB.
"Does that mean nutritional treatment has no role? Of course not.
"But we must understand the difference between primary and supportive treatment," said Mendelow.
Most available studies on the subject were conducted in North America and Europe among groups who were already well nourished and receiving treatment. So, it could not be applied in South Africa where the country faced an epidemic of malnutrition, HIV-Aids and TB. - Sapa