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24 Jun 2010


hope you can shed some advice:

i went to the clinic to do HIV Tests, they performed 2 rapid tests  1 was +ve &  1 was -ve. They then took a blood sample to the lab &  when i got the results they were inconclusive. but my CD4 count is very low (221). they gave me Vitamin B Complex &  Folic acid &  Ilvitrim (3 months) &  the nurse said i must drink the pills &  return after 3 months to get more. i am so frustrated, i don''t know what to do now as the other nurse who initially tested me told me not to drink the Ilvitrim. Pls shed some light. what should i do? i have done TB tests checked out okay. are there any good immune boosters i can take for my CD4 counts in the mean time? what could be causing such results cause i''m not on any medication. should i test again soon / wait 4 3 months as advised. i''m just worried that with such a low CD4 count won''t 3 months be too late??


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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Hendrikarinatjie
The rapid tests as well as the Elisa and Western blot tests look at antibodies for HIV. The PCR test can actually pick up HIV virus count, so I think this will be a useful test to do in your case. With your low CD4 count, I think taking the Ilvitrim antibiotics preventatively is a good thing. I think you should get to a HIV clinic that can do HIV PCR (either private or at one of the governmental hospitals) as soon as possible because if you are HIV positive you should be on antiretroviral treatment by now.
Dr Bets
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