Diagnosed with advanced HIV and CMV and was the first MSF patient to take valganciclovir
If I had not [attended] the clinic in Dawei, I would probably be dead. For the CMV, the doctor said that when he looked into my eyes, he could see a lot of lesions in my retina through the lens. But after four months of treatment, that has improved. I have not felt any side effects and I am feeling better now. Before, it was not like that, and I had to lie down all the time. Now I can go everywhere by myself. I even got my vision back and can read the text messages on my mobile phone.
If I hadn’t got the treatment on time, I might have lost my vision within three months. I feel very lucky that I got the chance to take this oral treatment.
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