HIV-Positive orphan Zamokuhle Mdingwe (8) puts on his school uniform before going to school. It is more than a year since Zamo began his antiretroviral treatment for AIDS, and he is responding well. Now he is healthier he is missing fewer days for illness and is better able to concentrate in class. Zamo's mother had died more than a year earlier from AIDS-related infections. As a result of his treatment Zamo's percentage of lymphocytes has gone from 9.9 per cent to 19 per cent (children do not get CD4 counts in the same way as adults, but 9.9 is roughly the equivalent of a CD4 count of 100 and 19 would be just over 200). His viral load is undetectable. The major problems in Zamo's life now relate to poverty rather than AIDS, since the death of his grandfather six months earlier, his grandmother has been struggling to support the family.
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