Potential of Sub-Saharan African Plants against HIV

This paper reviews the HIV-inhibitory potential of Sub-Saharan African plants, highlighting the importance of additional research to identify and validate candidates for HIV treatment and prevention, using GBIF-mediated data to verify the occurrence of plants in the region.

Plant products are frequently the source of new drug discoveries, providing 25 per cent of all traditional drugs. In 2015, about 5,700 people worldwide contracted HIV each day, two thirds of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional herbal medicine plays an integral public health role. This paper reviews the HIV-inhibitory potential of Sub-Saharan African plants, highlighting the importance of additional research to identify and validate candidates for HIV treatment and prevention, using GBIF-mediated data to verify the occurrence of plants in the region.

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Chingwaru, W., Vidmar, J., & Kapewangolo, P. T. (2015). The Potential of Sub-Saharan African Plants in the Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infections: A Review. Phytotherapy Research : PTR, 29(10), 1452–87. doi:10.1002/ptr.5433

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