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Resources on Alternative Therapies


Being Alive 1994 Mar 5: 10

Those who want to learn more about alternative therapies being used to fight HIV infection and AIDS should be aware of two quite different and valuable resources.

The first is a special 32-page Winter 1993/94 issue of Treatment Issues, published by Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York. The issue is chock full of information and guidance on how to get, as well as how to evaluate, alternative therapies. There's an historical overview, a compendium of summary descriptions and references of commonly used therapies, a guide to understanding vitamins, an interview with a British researcher of alternative medicine, and short pieces on traditional Chinese medicine, antioxidants and the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1993. For a copy, write GMHC, Medical Information, 129 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011 or stop by the Being Alive Library.

The other resource is a biweekly Alternative Therapies Support Group which meets every other Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 pm at APLA. This is a drop-in group that discusses "what works" and "what doesn't work" and a variety of other issues as they relate to alternative therapies. The group varies in size and usually ranges from 3-15 participants. Guest speakers are sometimes invited. Upcoming dates are March 16 and 30, April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25. For more information, call either of the group facilitators: Jennifer Furin at 213.993.1529 or Ruben Gamundi at 213.993.1483.


Information in this article was accurate in March 5, 1994. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.