US provides equipment to better monitor HIV
June 5, 2004
For the first time in Guyana CD4 testing, which is used to monitor and provide reliable information on the immune status of HIV infected patients, will be provided at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).
A release from the US Embassy in Georgetown stated that the testing is being made available under the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, through the US Centres for Disease Control and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Centre at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. They have provided for the purchase of two CD4 FACS Count Machines to the central medical laboratory of the GPHC. This will enable CD4 testing for AIDS patients for the first time in the history of Guyana's public healthcare system.
With CD4 testing HIV-infected persons can be monitored and cared for using state-of-the art measures which provide a more comprehensive and accurate view of HIV disease progression.