YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian reporter Inga Zarafian visited a clinic running clinical tests on patients using the new AIDS drug Armenicum and talked to some of the patients. On the condition of anonymity–the patients shared their thoughts on their health.
A patient from Georgia said:
"I stayed in the United States for a year and a half and it was then that AIDS was detected in me. My sister got me into a hospital where I underwent treatment. I was taking pills all the time but never felt any better. Then my liver began to trouble me–and I had severe diarrhea. Here [in Armenia] I felt better immediately after the third injection–and I gained weight (3 kg). I see other patients getting much better too. With the treatment still in progress–I firmly believe that everything will be all right with me."
A patient from Ukraine said:
"I was suffering from full-blown AIDS when I came to Yerevan on May 25 to die in my native land. I did not receive any treatment since I learned about my disease two years ago. First–I lacked money–second–I thought AIDS to be beyond remedy. When doctors in Yerevan saw me–I could not walk–had difficulties in breathing. I could breath only through my mouth. I had sores all over my body. They had some doubts whether it was worth taking me up for treatment. But the project director–Levon Gevorgian–told them to take me in. After the second injection I got up and went to watch TV. Now I have gained considerable weight (12 kg)–and I can do some physical exercise. After completing my treatment here–I will go to Ukraine to see my relatives and friends."
A patient from Syria said:
"I watched a TV program ‘Vzglyad’ and saw a man affected with AIDS being carried [to a clinic] on a stretcher and then I saw him a week later. I’ve been suffering from AIDS for a little more than a year and my health condition is not that bad–but I made up my mind to go to Armenia after seeing that TV program. Here I see only good results."
A patient–a citizen of Armenia who developed AIDS in Ukraine–said:
"I’ve been suffering from AIDS for five years now. I had psoriasis–and then I learned that I was an HIV-carrier. I was called a factory of dandruff. My skin was fraying out. I took widely publicized preparations for psoriasis but things went from bad to worse. Look–I have clean skin now–with only a few spots left. These spots are not black like they used to be but they are rosy."
According to Dr. Levon Mkhitarian–who is charge of clinical tests on Armenicum–studies are being conducted to understand how the preparation produces the healing effect.
Positive results are being observed with all patients receiving treatment with Armenicum.
Patients from Kaliningrad–Russia–arrived in Armenia for treatment with Armenicum. They are accompanied by a group of doctors led by head physician of the Kaliningrad Contagious Hospital Youri Patskin.
The Kaliningrad doctors and Mkhitarian examined the patients–carefully collating their observations with those already made by other Armenian doctors.