An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV worldwide. Approximately 2.5 million people have been infected with HIV in 2007.

An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV worldwide. Approximately 2.5 million people have been infected with HIV in 2007. World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people. www.unaids.org.

Research

Epigallocatechin Gallate, the Main Polyphenol in Green Tea, Binds to the T-cell Receptor 

EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing Abstract—A series of experiments were performed to evaluate the potential therapeutic value of EGCG for HIV-1 infection.

Audio: Donald I. Abrams, MD, reviews medical marijuana, including its influence on weight loss in patients with AIDS

Relaxation Response with Acupuncture Trial in Patients with HIV: Feasibility and Participant Experiences

This randomized, controlled trial published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2007 Sep) was designed to evaluate the effect of adding the relaxation response (RR) to usual acupuncture treatment in patients with human immunodeficiency virus/autoimmunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), who reported having at least one of the highly prevalent HIV-related symptoms, and were receiving acupuncture treatment.

The Effect of Mind Power in HIV-1: A Pilot Study 

This pilot study, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (2007 Sep-Oct), analyzes how mind power influences the growth and infectivity of HIV type 1. 

Survival in HIV-1-Positve Adults Practicing Psychological or Spiritual Activities for One Year 

This study, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (2007 Sep-Oct) looks at the association between survival and use of psychological/spiritual activities in HIV-positive patients.

Resources

Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome