HIV

Interview 01

Male
Age at interview: 49
Age at diagnosis: 28

Brief outline: A long term survivor who has done a considerable amount of voluntary work in Aids, uses complementary health approaches, and is concerned about HIV discrimination and stigma.

Background: Lives in a city outside of London, diagnosed with HIV in 1985, but has never needed anti-virals, nor had a physical illness due to HIV.

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Age at interview' 49

Age at diagnosis' 28

Sex' Male

Background' A 49 year old gay man living in a city outside of London who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985.

Outline' A 49 year old gay man living in a city outside of London who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. Although he was told he would be dead from Aids within a few years, he has always had high levels of CD4 cells, and has never needed anti-HIV drugs, nor had a physical illness due to HIV. He is a long term survivor who has done a considerable amount of voluntary and paid work in Aids. He has suffered from isolation and depression in the past and has high blood pressure. He has used complementary health approaches (e.g. Reiki, meditation) and has gained social support through HIV charities. He is concerned about HIV discrimination and stigma. He feels it is important to be himself.

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