Wednesday, February 2

"Drink This and Call Me In The Morning"

I have blogged about witch craft and exorcism in Zambia before. However, I have not mentioned that many traditional healers report they are able to cure -- or least mitigate the effects of -- HIV/AIDS.

Recently, the Times of Zambia reported that some of Zambia's traditional healers are trying to get Government to test their "alternative medicines." One doctor has requested Government to fund clinical trials (costing $400,000) of "K-Punch," an herbal remedy he reports to have invented that slows the advance of the disease.

While traditional healers might be a solution, it is important to keep in mind that many of these healers encourage infected men to sleep with virgin girls in order to cleanse themselves of the virus.