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FIAR, a non-profit organization, sponsors and stimulates interest in clinical trials of herbal and nutritional treatments for people with HIV, AIDS and/or chronic viral hepatitis. The goal is to provide evidence as to whether or not these treatments can lessen symptoms, delay the progression of HIV disease or reduce side effects. FIAR has worked in developing nations where indigenous treatments are used and antiretroviral drugs (ARV) are still largely unavailable. FIAR also seeks to bring ARV, self-empowering information and prevention strategies to such under-served areas.

FIAR studies dietary supplements and other biologic agents. Dietary supplements are defined by the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) and include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, thousands of different botanicals ("herbs"), protein powders, hormones, etc. Other modalities, such as massage, Reiki, spiritual practices may be addressed in the future as FIAR grows and develops.

People need better information to help guide treatment choices! Many studies show that a high percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS already use many of these interventions. How do they work? Can they help to manage side effects of drug therapy? Can they slow the rate of progression? FIAR, working with the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis communities, clinics, hospitals, practitioners and organizations around the world to design and implement clinical studies to answer some of these questions and thus help people to make better-informed treatment decisions. Negative results mean people will save money and time. Positive results may encourage coverage under insurance (like ADAP) for greater access and reduced burden of cost on our healthcare systems.

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Our meta-analysis, or review of multiple studies, showed that a simple multi-vitamin can slow HIV disease progression among adults NOT yet on ARV by nearly 50%! This is dramatic. Of course, getting people on ARV is vital, but this simple intervention may save lives. And there is preliminary evidence that a multi can help people who are on ARV (of any age, though care must be taken with infants).Micronturients in HIV: A Bayesian Meta-Analysis in PLoS One, April 2015. Please note an important CORRECTION to this paper.

And our findings from our meta-analysis on the use of marijuana in managing a painful disease, peripheral neuropathy: Inhaled cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain: an individual patient data meta-analysis.

We also have a meta-analysis and systematic review on the use of probiotics in HIV disease that is being published.

To avoid conflicts of interest, FIAR does not solicit funds from pharmaceutical or nutriceutical companies.

In loving memory of Lynde Francis of the Centre in Harare, Evan Ruderman, Carlton Hogan, Keith Cylar, Jeffrey Palmer,
Charles J. Carter and C. Edwin Carter. And far too many more to list.


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