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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 5 (2008), Issue 2, Pages 221-225
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem018
Original Article

Knowledge and Attitudes about HIV/AIDS among Homoeopathic Practitioners and Educators in India

1School of Nursing, University of California, Room 2-250, Factor Building, Box 951720, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1702, USA
2Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Delhi, India
3Research Centers in Minority Institutions, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California, USA
4UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA

Received 10 October 2006; Accepted 16 January 2007

Copyright © 2008 Adeline Nyamathi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study is designed to assess AIDS knowledge among Homeopathy educators and physicians in India, which has not been evaluated previously. India now has the largest number of HIV infected persons worldwide, with an estimated cumulative 5.1 million infections. Homeopathy is the dominant system among the nationally-recognized alternative or complementary systems of medicine, which collectively provide health care to around 600 million people in India. Homeopathy, with its holistic and patient-centered approach, has a wide reach to people at risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Participants were 68 homeopathy physicians (34 educators and 34 practitioners) who completed a CDC questionnaire measuring HIV/AIDS Knowledge regarding AIDS. This study reports the current level of knowledge of, and attitudes about, HIV/AIDS among homeopathy educators and practitioners. These findings will assist in the development of an education module to equip homeopathic health care personnel to impart accurate AIDS information and prevention counseling to their patients in an efficient manner.