MAB, and people who comment on articles about it, illustrate clearly just what this harm is. Articles about MAB often have hundreds, even thousands, of comments from people who are desperate for help. They often include their personal information in hopes that someone will contact them with information on how to get treatment, for themselves or relatives. Why? Because they are dying, and are told, promised, that this is a cure. That this untested, unverified, unknown treatment will save them.
MAB is the brainchild of Dr Akuamoah-Boateng of the MAB Medicare Centre in Ghana. The good doctor has proclaimed that his MAB treatment is a cure for HIV, which kills the virus leaving no infection behind. He has announced that some of his patients who were bedridden are now up and exercising every day. He has claimed that several reputable research centers in the United States have worked with him to test his cure.
In 2007 when he announced his cure, he claimed that the government of Ghana had taken samples for further testing, and it would only be a short time before the ‘cure’ was marketed internationally as the answer to the prayers of millions.
Now, 5 years later, MAB remains the same as when he announced it – a promise, and a bunch of hot air. No United States scientist or research center has published any study involving MAB, there is no evidence of any institution other than MAB Medicare Centre being involved in testing this ‘cure’. The tests Dr. Akuamoah-Boateng cites are all from those he or his centre have led. There has been no third party testing. He claims that his theories have been tested and accepted by scientists internationally, but there are no published studies, no information available except for that provided by Dr Akuamoah-Boateng.
Given the millions, if not billions, of dollars that will be made by the pharmaceutical company which first produces a true cure for AIDS, it is unbelievable that in 5 years none have invested in a cure that really has the effects claimed for MAB. Unless, of course, the cure doesn’t work as claimed.
Is it possible that MAB does help people with HIV/AIDS? Sure, it’s possible. Since no third-party testing has been done, anything is possible, including the possibility that MAB is a poison being cleverly marketed by a madman.
In general, there is nothing wrong with people with HIV/AIDS trying an unproven treatment which might help, especially when they are running out of available options and many ARVs are becoming ineffective in treating their infection.
But what happens to the young woman who stops her HAART treatment on the promises of a cure that doesn’t work? When her treatment stopped, the virus will have a chance to develop a resistance, and the medication that she was taking, which did work, will no longer help her.
What happens to the man who puts his personal information on the internet, in hopes someone will contact him about a cure that doesn’t exist? There is nothing to stop a scammer or criminal from taking his information and using it as their own.
What about the child whose parents try a ‘cure’ they are promised with save him, and instead of getting help the child dies?
Certainly people should seek any and every treatment that may help fight against HIV/AIDS. But this leaves the door open for unscrupulous people, or self deluded ‘miracle workers’ to take advantage of the desperate.
MAB, and any other ‘cure’ that makes promises without evidence are playing on the hopes and fears of people who need help. Nothing more, nothing less.
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