HIV

Interview 18

Female
Age at interview: 33
Age at diagnosis: 27

Brief outline: Her current combination of abacavir, AZT and 3TC has few side-effects. She feels much better having started exercising and improving her diet. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 33 year old black African female with a young 5 year old child. She was diagnosed as HIV positive as part of pregnancy screening.

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Age at interview' 33

Age at diagnosis' 27

Sex' Female

Background'  A 33 year old black African mother of a young child. She was diagnosed as HIV positive as part of pregnancy screening.

Outline'  A 33 year old black African mother of a young child. She moved to the UK 9 years ago and was diagnosed as HIV positive as part of pregnancy screening. While her initial combination therapy caused difficult side-effects (e.g. tiredness, rashes, ingrown toenails), her current combination of abacavir, AZT and 3TC is much more acceptable to her. She has also started exercising and improving her diet, and she feels much better for it. She has had good reactions from the people she has selected to tell about her HIV, although one ex-boyfriend initially reacted badly. She plans to tell her child when old enough so the child can better deal with the news. Having to care for her child, and gaining support from women at 'Positively Women' and 'Body & Soul' has been important to her well being. Although her immigration status is uncertain, spirituality and positive thinking are important in her coping well.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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