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Claim number: 6

Claimant: Aconite Medical Suppliers

Claim date: May 18, 2007

Brand name: Revivo

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: Untested and implausible


Aconite Medical Suppliers made claims on the website www.revivotea.co.za that herbal supplement Revivo works as a treatment for HIV. A consumer complaint was lodged by Mr. Patrick Linzer to ASASA. Revivo advertising made false claims that the supplement acts against HIV, increases one’s CD4 count and lowers one’s viral load. Revivo has not undergone clinical trials and there is no scientific basis for these claims. ASASA ruled that Revivo advertising was in contravention of Clause 2 in Appendix F of the ASASA code. See ASASA Ruling at: http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=4813>