HIV

Interview 05

Male
Age at interview: 52
Age at diagnosis: 42

Brief outline: His current T cells are 600 and he is not on anti-HIV medication. He is happy to be alive now, does voluntary work (non-HIV) and training courses. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A retired gay health professional with a grown child, who was diagnosed in 1995. At one stage in 2000, he did not want to go on living, and took an overdose.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 52

Age at diagnosis' 42

Sex' Male

Background' A 52 year old gay male, retired health professional with a grown child. He  was diagnosed in 1995. 

Outline' A 52 year old gay male, retired health professional with a grown child. He  was diagnosed in 1995. He found it difficult adjusting to the role of patient when diagnosed, and he felt that he was put on the 'scrapheap' after doing a job he loved. At one stage in 2000, he did not want to go on living, and he took an overdose. Although his T cells have gone below 200, his current T cells are 600 and he is not on anti-HIV medication. He has had a number of illnesses which are not clearly related to HIV (e.g. heart attack), but is now well. He is happy to be alive now, does voluntary work (non-HIV), training courses, and has a long-term partner. Although comfortable financially, he would have preferred his career was not cut short by HIV.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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