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Vitamins for AIDS controversy

7th March 2006

Mathias Rath, the controversial vitamin manufacturer, has dropped legal action against the scientist Hoosen Coovadia, journalists, and the local head of Medecins Sans Frontieres.  Rath had been accused of trying to persuade people with HIV/AIDS to use his vitamins rather than antiretroviral treatment.

Dr Rath is still the subject of two court cases in the Western Cape province, brought against him by the AIDS activist group Treatment Action Campaign.  Treatment Action Campaign maintains that Dr Rath's vitamins have not been properly tested and that he has inappropriately suggested to patients who are HIV positive that they replace their antiretroviral treatment with vitamins.  Dr Rath's foundation has denied this.

The lawsuits have been supported by doctors and other healthcare professionals, concerned that people will get inadequate treatment if they are confused about the value of vitamins in the treatment of AIDS.

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