Local AIDS ‘cure’ to test on Batswana

University of Botswana (UB) molecular biologist, Professor Kerstin Andrea-Marobela has finally been granted research permit by the Ministry of Health to undertake a scientific study on a Palapye herbal prescription, ‘Seromabadimo’.

The herbal concoction manufactured by Palapye herbalist, Gladys Malebo made headlines more than two years ago due to its claimed anti-HIV properties. Marobela’s research team is now documenting patients’ experiences with the herb.

Marobela explained the study is looking for people living with HIV who have made the decision to embark on Seromobadimo treatment and who would be interested to take part in an arrangement where a medical doctor observes their treatment course without interfering. “The study participant would be asked to consent to giving a blood sample before Seromabadimo treatment, after Seromabadimo treatment and at two further follow-up times,” Marobela said.

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