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Claim number: 20
Claim date: Oct. 1, 2006
Brand name: Ithemba Lesizwe
Forum in which the claim was made: Website
Claim methodology: Supplements
Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent
Actual claim: Treats AIDS
Plausibility of this claim: Tests are disputed or inconclusive
- Response no 39: Treatment Action Campaign Complaint to Department of Health's Law Enforcement Unit on 2006-11-01
The Stellenbosch-based manufacturer of Secomet V claimed it lowered the viral load of HIV positive patients. However, Secomet V (marketed as “Ithemba Lesizwe” or hope of the nation) has never been tested in clinical trials.
The company worked with Girish Kotwal, who is a former professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Kertwal conducted unauthorized experiments that breached UCT laboratory protocols. He has since departed from UCT.