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my cd4 count

Hi, I am 37 yr female and had unprotected sex in September 2016, beginning of. I did a 1\2 rapid check in April 2017. There was only 1 red line, control. No other. I had a blood check 2 months later and my cd4 count came back as 230. The doctor said I was positive negative and put me on anti viral pills. We don’t know the full result of the blood check yet. After I take the pills I do rapid check again and it is the same only 1 red control line. Do I have HIV as my cd4 count came out so low. Thank you.

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 28th June 2017

Hi Trinity49 Thanks for getting touch, I will try and answer your question as best as I can. Unfortunately as I am not your clinician there is more information that I don't have than I do have. So, from this very brief and remote communication it would be impossible for me to absolutely tell you whether or not you are HIV positive or negative. But there are some things that I can advise you on. Firstly, if you have HIV, getting treatment is the best thing that you can do. If your infection was in September you have detected the infection early and the treatment will prevent you from becoming ill due to the HIV infection. So that's a very good thing. Secondly, it is very likely that if you were HIV positive when you tested in April, from an infection in September, a rapid test should have given a positive result. However, many HIV rapid tests might give an incorrect result when conducted on people who are taking treatment for HIV. So my advice is that you should consider the result of the second test with some caution. Unfortunately I really can't tell you whether you are HIV positive or negative. BUT... The most important message is that you MUST keep taking the treatment your doctor gave you. You MUST take the medication at the same time everyday until your doctor tells you otherwise and wait for the confirmatory test result to come back to you. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to provide with a definite answer to your question. But if you need to ask me anything else please reply through PEBL or you can email directly at It would be very helpful if you could tell me whether either of the tests taken were a BioSURE HIV Self Test. Best wishes and good luck Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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