HIV

Interview 03

Male
Age at interview: 37
Age at diagnosis: 24

Brief outline: Has slowly built up his strength since his illness, becoming highly expert in HIV. He did extensive self-development work on himself. He has 870 CD4 cells and currently takes nevirapine, abacavir, and lamivudine with minimal side effects.

Background: Has only recently returned to full time work. He was diagnosed with HIV as a university student, and in 1997 he very nearly died from HIV-related illnesses.

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Age at interview' 37

Age at diagnosis' 24

Sex' Male

Background' A 37 year old gay male who had only recently returned to full time work. He was diagnosed with HIV as a student at the age of 24.

Outline' A 37 year old gay male who had only recently returned to full time work. He was diagnosed with HIV as a student at the age of 24, and  in 1997 he very nearly died from HIV-related illnesses. He has had to slowly build up his physical strength since being ill, and also deal with his feelings of difference, as well as over come past negative thoughts and feelings about himself. He became highly expert in HIV. He did extensive self-development work on himself. He attributes taking full responsibility for his wellbeing, including taking up pilates and exercise, to feeling happy and comfortable in his own skin today. He currently takes nevirapine, abacavir, and lamivudine with minimal side effects. On the day of interview his CD4 count was 870 and his viral load undetectable.

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