CD4 500 count cut-off under consideration

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The US government is engaging Botswana authorities to consider changing this country’s treatment policy and adopting a CD4 count of 500 cut-off for initiation of HIV treatment.

The current CD4 count cutoff in Botswana is 350.  Speaking during the New Directions in Global Health workshop on Monday in Selebi-Phikwe, US Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller said the World Health Organisation has recommended that countries move to CD4,500 in order to get more people on treatment faster and save more lives.

He said the Anti-retroviral treatment is also a prevention measure hence moving to cell count of 500 would actually cut the number of new infections in Botswana by 22 percent. He added that most countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa had already adopted the recommendation.

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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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