Use of complementary therapies to treat patients with HIV/AIDS
Art & Science Previous     Next

Use of complementary therapies to treat patients with HIV/AIDS

Richard Palmer Staff nurse, High dependency unit, Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, Chichester

This article investigates the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in people living with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic people living with HIV/AIDS have turned to CAM, either to complement conventional treatment or as an alternative to treatment. Although the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy has prolonged life and increased the quality of life for those with HIV/AIDS, they continue to experience physical and emotional consequences of the infection and its treatments–leading them to seek relief through the use of CAM.

Nursing Standard. 22, 50, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to and the Nursing Standard app
  • The monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now