Before ARV's Nombuyiselo Maphongwane's CD4 count was 6. She weighed 28kg's. The government was still refusing to provide ARV's. On publication of this photograph an overseas donor sponsored her ARV treatment to be managed by Anglo American HIV/Aids project. 
(See the next picture)
Six weeks after treatment, her CD4 count has risen to 51. Her weight has increased by about 10kg. Her viral load (used to describe the amount of HIV in the blood) was 350 000 in July and dropped to 281 000 after treatment.

Her hair has started growing and her skin has lightened. "I get so excited because I can eat a whole tennis biscuit now," she said. 

Her miraculous recovery inspired her to become a motivational speaker, sharing her story and telling people what it means to live with HIV/Aids. She is employed by Anglo American as an HIV/Aids educator and counsellor. (image by Nadine Hutton)
Before ARV's Nombuyiselo Maphongwane's CD4 count was 6. She weighed 28kg's. The government was still refusing to provide ARV's. On publication of this photograph an overseas donor sponsored her ARV treatment to be managed by Anglo American HIV/Aids project. (See the next picture) Six weeks after treatment, her CD4 count has risen to 51. Her weight has increased by about 10kg. Her viral load (used to describe the amount of HIV in the blood) was 350 000 in July and dropped to 281 000 after treatment. Her hair has started growing and her skin has lightened. "I get so excited because I can eat a whole tennis biscuit now," she said. Her miraculous recovery inspired her to become a motivational speaker, sharing her story and telling people what it means to live with HIV/Aids. She is employed by Anglo American as an HIV/Aids educator and counsellor.
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