FIAR and Mount Sinai, Teacher's College and Einstein present Micronutrients and HIV: A Bayesian Meta-Analysis held at the International Conference on AIDS, July 26, 2012. (Please note this file is a 7.5 MB pdf.)
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 show whether or not these treatments can lessen symptoms, delay the need for Western drugs or reduce side effects. Some studies are carried out in developing nations where indigenous treatments are used and antiretroviral drugs (ARV) are largely unavailable. FIAR also seeks to bring ARV, self-empowering information and prevention 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? Can they lengthen the time on a Structured Treatment Interruption? FIAR, working with the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis communities, clinics, hospitals, practitioners and organizations around the world designs, funds and implements clinical studies to answer some of these questions and thus help people in making 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.
FIAR's first duty is to participants in such studies and adheres to the highest standards in informed consent, patient protection and careful monitoring. FIAR's studies use rigorous methodology to answer the clinical question posed.
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