Clinical Trials on AIDS Start

Reprowatch. 1999 Feb 1-28;6, 11.


PIP: A 6-month clinical trial in the Philippines sought to determine the efficacy of coconut oil and of "monolaurin," a coconut oil byproduct, in killing HIV by breaking down its coating. This research is based on the theory that medium-chain fatty acids, like monolaurin, can have this effect on certain viruses. The trial involves 12 women and 3 men in the early stage of HIV infection. 10 patients will take different doses of monolaurin, and 5 will consume coconut oil. It is hypothesized that the regimen will lead to higher CD4 counts and a lower viral load. The trial was almost abandoned because it received only lukewarm approval from the Health Secretary.

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Developing Countries
  • Disease
  • HIV Infections*
  • Philippines
  • Research
  • Therapeutics*
  • Virus Diseases