HIV

Interview 13

Male
Age at interview: 39
Age at diagnosis: 28

Brief outline: He currently takes 4 antivirals (AZT, atazanavir, ritonavir, tenofovir) after suffering severe side effects from other combinations. His viral load was low and he attributes his good health to taking responsibility for his own wellbeing.

Background: A single gay man born in South America who immigrated to the UK 15 years ago and now considers himself British. His viral load 300.

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Age at interview' 39

Age at diagnosis' 28

Sex' Male

Background' A single gay man born in South America who immigrated to the UK 15 years ago and now considers himself British. He was diagnosed in 1994. 

Outline' A single gay man born in South America who immigrated to the UK 15 years ago and now considers himself British. He was diagnosed in 1994. Although his CD4 cell counts have at times been low (<50), he was never had an Aids defining illness. His T cells were just below 200 at the time of interview, and his viral load 300. He currently takes 4 antivirals (AZT, atazanavir, ritonavir, tenofovir) after suffering severe side effects from other combinations. At the time of interview, he had some lipodystrophy on his body, but not his face, and he felt his low libido might have something to do with his medication. He attributes his good health to taking responsibility for his own wellbeing, his commitment to getting the best care (privately if not available on the NHS), diet, exercise and complementary approaches such as acupuncture, Chinese medicine and massage.

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