Nomphilo Mazuza, aged 27, whose life has been saved by antiretroviral medication grimaces as she has a blood sample taken for a CD4 Count test (which measures the strength of the immune system). She began her ARV treatment in September 2004 with a CD4 count of only seven. (She had almost no functioning immune system). Then she was close to death and her body was emaciated in a manner typical of people in the final stages of AIDS. Over the past three years she has regained her health dealing with MDR (multi drug resistant) TB as well as AIDS. Now she is an active and vibrant young woman and her CD4 count from this test was 235. She originally received her treatment from the Siyaphila La (We are Living Here) HIV treatment project which was set up by MSF South Africa. Recently MSF have withdrawn from the project, handing it over to the Eastern Cape Health Department
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