HIV

Interview 12

Male
Age at interview: 38
Age at diagnosis: 24

Brief outline: He suffered from severe diarrhoea and peripheral neuropathy while taking an earlier combination of anti-HIV drugs, but he currently takes nelfinavir, 3TC and abacavir with few side effects. He has had to cope with HIV-related illness, depression and mania at various times in his life.

Background: A gay man of British/Irish descent who works full-time and is in a long-term partnership.

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Age at interview' 38

Age at diagnosis' 24

Sex' Male

Background' A gay man of British/Irish descent who works full-time and is in a long-term partnership. He had a sero-conversion illness and was subsequently diagnosed at the age of 24.

Outline' A gay man of British/Irish descent who works full-time and is in a long-term partnership. He had a sero-conversion illness and was subsequently diagnosed at the age of 24. He suffered from severe diarrhoea and peripheral neuropathy while taking an earlier combination of anti-HIV drugs, but he currently takes nelfinavir, 3TC and abacavir with few side effects. Although his health is excellent now, he was very ill with HIV-related illness in the pre-HAART era. At one point he faced the possibility that he would die. He now runs marathons but is less financially secure than his peers due to spending many years out of the workforce. He has also had to cope with feelings of difference, low self-esteem, depression and mania at various times in his life.

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