It's well documented that there are no medically verified cures for HIV and AIDS. While researchers continue to make progress towards getting a cure, there are always going to be a number of discredited treatments and conmen trying to make some money off the backs of people's desperation. Here are 9 of the more unusual ones, as well as one that is yet to be externally verified that's been rumbling on for 8 years
The Remarkable Recovery of Andrew Stimpson
Anecdotally, there have been a lot of cases of people spontaneously recovering for no reason whatsoever, but in November 2005, two British newspapers broke the story of Andrew Stimpson. In May 2002, Stimpson underwent HIV testing and was diagnosed as positive. In August that year, he underwent two further tests both of which confirmed the original diagnosis. The viral load test showed the virus to be of low quantities, so he was not prescribed antiretroviral medication, but took vitamin supplements on his own volition.
14 months later, feeling surprisingly healthy he was tested again and found to have no HIV antibodies in the blood stream two follow up tests confirmed this. After attempting to sue the hospitals which had wrongly diagnosed him, it was confirmed that there was no mix-up, and his original blood sample was retested only to find another positive.
He went for follow up testing in 2006 to see if he held the answer of a cure in him, but no news has appeared since. Although 3 false positives is highly unlikely, many scientists still find it a more plausible explanation than a cure and the vitamins explanation is generally considered nonsense (many people worldwide take vitamins and mineral supplements, and there is no evidence to suggest they help cure an HIV infection.)
President Jammeh's AIDS Cure
In January 2007, President Jammeh of Gambia made the claim that he could cure both Asthma and HIV/AIDS with a day's treatment. He promised that in between 3 and 30 days an HIV test would show negative results. The treatment involves herbs mixed into a green paste and a pale yellow tea, along with the power of prayer.
Although the Gambian president still continues the treatment, results have been met with skepticism at least two patients have died, and many others show no improvement. Those that do show an undetectable viral load test may well have been taking antiretroviral medication before the treatment, which often leaves the virus undetectable. The International AIDS association has labeled Gambia's reliance on an untested program unethical and described the decision to take patients off antiretroviral medications shocking and irresponsible
Dr. Sebi was arrested in 1987 and again in 1997 for publishing false health claims and practicing medicine without a license, but that hasn't stopped many being taken in by his electric foods which claim to cure AIDS, cancer and others. The miracle cure, which comes with no verifiable evidence, is a mixture of plant extracts which claims to remove the mucous which Sebi believes is the cause of AIDS when compromised.
Ubhejane is a brown liquid made from 89 herbs which is available in South Africa, created by Zeblon Gwala. Rigorous human trials have shown no evidence of this improving the condition of those with positive HIV test results, but that hasn't stopped the Gwala's employees describing it as a cure for AIDS. The opposition party in South Africa has attempted to prosecute Gwala for fraud, and recently the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa demanded the withdrawal of an advert that boasted that the drug boosted immunity and reduced viral load.
Colloidal Silver is a suspension of tiny silver particles in water. It can kill germs in laboratory conditions, but that doesn't mean that it benefits people with HIV as has been suggested. On top of the fact that there is no evidence that it works as a cure, taking Colloidal Silver can be incredibly dangerous. It is illegal in America, can cause irreversible bluish-grey skin discoloration (argyria) and in large doses can cause kidney damage, stomach issues, headaches, fatigue, skin irritation and neurological problems.
In the late 1990s, Virodene was seen as a potential cure for AIDS, and was strongly supported by members of the South African government. Lab studies have shown that the chemical (based on the industrial solvent dimethylformamide) does not destroy HIV or inhibit its replication, and the only study on humans showed it did not reduce viral load and only marginally affected the immune system. Dimethylformamide in its original form is a toxic substance and workers are advised to avoid contact with the skin as it can cause serious liver damage!
Ozone is a form of oxygen gas that is unstable it's been touted as a cure for many diseases as well as for those who have had HIV tests return positive. Whatever form it is taken through injected, applied to extracts of blood, or swallowed the gas has shown no significant effects on HIV infection. It's illegal in America for retailers to make any health claims about ozone generators.
Dr. Hulda Clark's HIV Zapper
Dr. Hulda Clark who does not actually hold a medical license promotes an electrical zapper' which she claims can destroy parasites, bacteria and viruses in the body by generating low voltage electricity. No proper studies of the zapper have been conducted, but given Dr Clark has been in trouble for practicing medicine without a licence in both the US and Mexico, and believes that HIV comes from intestinal worms and can be present in snails, would you really want to take a chance on her remedy?
Dr. Gary R. Davis' Goat Serum
When a goat appeared to Dr. Gary R. Davis in a dream, he believed that a goat serum was the cure to HIV. He was unable to conduct tests in America or Ghana due to legal restrictions, but one woman stole a sample of the serum from his office and used it on her daughter. Despite many reports to the opposite, the daughter confirmed in an interview in 2006 that the treatment had not been successful and that subsequent HIV testing had provided positive results.
Along with all these discredited cures, there is one that has been rumbling on without a scientific approval for some 8 years now. In May 2000, the BBC reported on Jerimiah Abalaka, a Nigerian doctor who claimed to have found a cure and a vaccine against the dreaded HIV virus. After curing 29 people, Abalaka promised a paper on it soon and even claimed to have injected himself with HIV positive blood on six occasions to prove the success of his vaccine.
When the scientific paper was published, it emerged that the vaccine was developed from the blood of HIV patients and Abalaka claimed that it also eliminated antibodies for Hepatitis B and C, and improved malaria symptoms in a number of patients. New Scientist described the idea of a vaccine as plausible' in 2004, but to date it has not been verified outside of the paper itself. The saga continues to rumble on, and the last I heard it Abalaka was suing the Nigerian Academy of Science for casting doubt upon the vaccine.