HIV

Interview 16

Male
Age at interview: 52
Age at diagnosis: 44

Brief outline: He was taking a combination of anti-virals (zidovudine, nevirapine and abacavir) with no side effects. He has less energy than he once did, but is not sure if this is due to HIV or getting older.

Background: A retired solicitor in a 20 year-old relationship with another HIV positive man living in a quiet coastal town.

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Age at interview' 52

Age at diagnosis' 44

Sex' Male

Background' A 52 year old retired solicitor in a 20 year old relationship with another HIV positive man and living in a quiet coastal town. Diagnosed 6 years ago.

Outline' A 52 year old retired solicitor in a 20 year old relationship with another HIV positive man and living in a quiet coastal town. He was diagnosed at the age of 44 and believes he was infected in a casual encounter that 'went slightly wrong'. He believes he would have died without modern HIV treatments. He was taking a combination of anti-virals (zidovudine, nevirapine and abacavir) with no side effects, as well as citalopram for depression and enalapril for high blood pressure. His CD4 cells were around 300, and his viral load was undetectable. He suffered severe depression when life stressors mounted a few years ago, and was able to recover with medication, counselling, retirement and hypnotherapy. Although he does get KS on his foot, he believes in staying optimistic and feels mentally prepared to cope with the anxiety of not knowing what will come up next due to HIV. He has less energy than he once did, but is not sure if this is due to HIV or getting older. He has decided to dispense with condoms in his relationship since both he and his partner are HIV positive.

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