HIV

Interview 19

Male
Age at interview: 48
Age at diagnosis: 29

Brief outline: Although medically retired, he is very active and works voluntarily. He is currently on lopinavir, 3TC, abacavir, ddI and tenofovir, with 1700 viral copies. Side-effects have included lipodystrophy.

Background: A 48 year old gay man who lives in a small village in the UK. He was diagnosed in 1986.

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Age at interview' 48

Age at diagnosis' 29

Sex' Male

Background' A 48 year old gay man who lives in a small village in the UK. He was diagnosed in 1986.

Outline' A 48 year old gay man who lives in a small village in the UK. He was diagnosed in 1986. Traumatically, he was 'outed' with HIV in the 1980s in a newspaper story, and is concerned that confidentiality should always respected. Although medically retired, he is very active and works voluntarily a number of days a week. He was involved in initial trials of HIV anti-virals, and so has developed some resistance to current day medication. He is currently on lopinavir, 3TC, abacavir, ddI and tenofovir, with 1700 viral copies. Side-effects have included lipodystrophy (treated with New Fill), loss of his gluteus maximus and 'buffalo hump' (treated with testosterone). He feels he is still recovering from the break-up of his last relationship. He has benefited from counselling and anti-depressant medication in the past. He believes that with creativity, safe sex can be sustained by gay men.

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