As of November 2011, my current sero/health status:
CD4 count: 608 units – from 610 units of December 2010
Viral load: 86 units – from 111,000+ units of initial Treatment Hub enrollment (2010),
after more than a year of taking EFV, still not undetectable. But there’s a drastic change, a sign of NO VIROLOGIC FAILURE
Hemoglobin count: 176 units – as per RITM’s CBC vs 124 units of company APE’s CBC, so RITM told me am not Anemic contrary to what was previously diagnosed.
Cholesterol/Triglyceride level: Borderline high, as per Makati Medical Center’s Blood Chemistry Test, this is an obvious side effect of my ARV’s.
Hepatitis A/B/C: Non – reactive
Pulmunary XRAY: normal
AFB smear and culture: no AFB seen
TB culture sensitivity: No growth seen for 6 weeks, via MMC’s TB BACTEC MGIT test
Cryptococcal Antigen Latex Agglutination test: Negative, as per RITM since 2010
Acute Bronchitis and paranoia lead me to have a TB test.
Tints of blood were seen through my sputum, so I hurriedly asked for a TB test. Two tests were done – AFB smear and TB culture and sensitivity.
AFB smear results came out 24 hours later and it was negative – both for 2 days of sputum sample.
Still coughing like a dog and blood tints the sink… Still paranoid of the golden standard of testing.
Tests were quite expensive at almost 8,000 pesos. Good thing I have an HMO to back me up.
Time flew and it was 6 weeks. Tests were done using TB BACTEC MGIT System which explains its expensiveness.
Results – NO GROWTH SEEN AFTER 6 weeks.
As expected. My respiratory ailment is gone.