HIV

Interview 17

Male
Age at interview: 39
Age at diagnosis: 34

Brief outline: He took time to work out who to disclose to and to make treatment decisions (he currently takes Combivir and efavirenz). He initially suffered mental health side-effects (e.g. trouble sleeping, irratibility) but now has few problems with medication.

Background: A gay man born in France who immigrated to the UK 19 years ago, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed following a period of poor health.

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Age at interview' 39

Age at diagnosis' 34

Sex' Male

Background' A 39 year old gay man born in France who immigrated to the UK 19 years ago, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed with HIV 5 years ago.

Outline' A 39 year old gay man born in France who immigrated to the UK 19 years ago, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed following a period of poor health. He feels he was probably infected through oral sex at a time when he was having multiple partners and was run down. His T cells were as low as 80 at one point, but have now increased to 500 with treatment. He took time (and used counselling) to work out who to disclose to, and what treatment decisions to make (he currently takes Combivir and efavirenz). He initially suffered mental health side-effects (e.g. trouble sleeping, irratibility) but now has few problems with the medication. While he was once 'burning the candle at both ends', he now sleeps and eats well. He has accessed talking therapy that has been valuable in helping him cope with significant life issues. Whereas once he felt his libido was in control of him, he now believes he has choice and his sex life is a more rewarding now.

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