African Traditional Medicine Use amongst People Living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Era of Antiretroviral Therapy
Mncengeli Sibanda*, Panjasaram Naidoo and Manimbulu Nlooto
University of KwaZulu Natal, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Durban, South Africa
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mncengeli Sibanda
University of KwaZulu Natal, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001, Durban, KwaZulu 4000, South Africa
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 30, 2016; Accepted date: August 23, 2016; Published date: August 31, 2016
Citation: Sibanda M, Naidoo PJ, Nlooto M (2016) African Traditional Medicine Use amongst People Living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Era of Antiretroviral Therapy. Int J Pub Health Safe 1:110.
Copyright: © 2016 Sibanda M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
It is estimated that 80% of the global population uses alternative or traditional medicine. In resource poor countries, traditional health practitioners are the primary and often the only providers of health care to the majority of the population including people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA). Globally, there are approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV and nearly 70% of these are in Sub-Saharan Africa. PLWA often use African Traditional Medicines either alone or in combination with western medicines including antiretroviral therapy. The purpose of this review is to consider from available literature, the current trends in traditional medicine use amongst PLWA in Sub-Saharan Africa. This review also evaluates the existing research literature on the collaboration efforts between traditional health practitioners and orthodox medical practitioners in HIV/AIDS interventions. The commonly used traditional medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS as well as safety and potential Drug-herb interactions will also be considered in detail.