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University of Metro City, I received my medical in 1992
Where did you attend school?
I am the head of the Department of Infectious Disease at Lincoln Presbyterial Hospital in Metro City
Where do you currently work, and what is your position there?
For the past 12 years, I have almost exclusively worked with treating HIV and AIDS
What is your medical speciality
Yes, I have written a book called "Living with AIDS"
Have you been published before?
Yes, Sam's parents came to me in 2011. Since Sam was diagnosed with HIV, they were looking for an expert in the field
Did you have an opportunity to treat Sam?
Certainly, HIV is the virus that breaks down the immune system. AIDS refers to the life threatening medical conditions that develops as a result of infection with HIV. To be diagnosed with AIDS the patient's T-lymphocyte cell (t-cell) count must fall below 200.
When you say he was diagnosed with HIV but not AIDS, can you explain to us what that means?
T-cells are responsible for activating the immune system when your body is fighting an infection.
How do these T-cells work in a healthy body?
Yes, that is a simple way to think of it.
So, can we say that a T-cell count above 600 would put a person in a "green zone", 200-500 is a "yellow zone", and under 200 is a "red zone"?
It fluctuated around 220 and 270, so in the yellow zone. With the treatment I gave him, we were able to keep his T-cell count in that range for about 2 years.
What was Sam's T-cell count when you first saw him in 2011?
Sam's T-Cell count dropped to about 90. Sam was officially diagnosed with AIDS.
What happened to Sam's T-cell count in the April of 2013?
Relatively speaking, Sam was young and in great physical shape. There was no reason to believe that he would not live for many years.
At that point, what did you think of Sam's prognosis?
Yes. When a person is living with a compromised immune system, Pindia, along with many other viruses, can cause a life threatening infection. When a patient's T-Cell's are in the red zone, that person has almost no protection from the parasite in his system. The parasite has free access to ravage the immune system.
If you were to learn that Metro City's tap water had pindia levels above 300, would you be concerned about a person's like Sam's condition?
On September 13, 2013 Sam was admitted into the hospital. I was the was the attending physician. Sam was extremely ill. I learned that Sam had been taking his medicine and eating healthily. I also learned that Sam had been drinking the tap water.
When was the last time you saw Sam?
I immediately requested Sam's blood and stool be tested for a T-cell count for the presence of pindia.
When you learned Sam had been drinking tap water, what did you do?
Sam's T-cell count was approximately 20 and the tests came back positive for the presence of pindia
What was Sam's T-cell count?
How long was Sam in the hospital
Yes. After Sam died, I received a pathologist's report confirming the fact that Sam's death had been accelerated by the presence of Pindia.
Was an autopsy preformed?
We were working on building up his T-Cell count, he could have lived up to 10 years or longer. The pindia infiltrated his body, and with his weakened immune system, he couldn't fight it, therefor accelerating his death.
What do you think would have happened to Sam if he had not become infected with pindia?
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