HIV

Interview 20

Male
Age at interview: 38
Age at diagnosis: 35

Brief outline: He started treatment soon after diagnosis (efavirenz and Combavir) and his viral load quickly became undetectable and he had few side effects. He resists blaming his life problems on HIV. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A gay man who works full-time in job he loves, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed in March 2002 when he presented feeling unwell.

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Age at interview' 38

Age at diagnosis' 35

Sex' Male

Background' A gay man who works full-time in job he loves, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed in March 2002 when he presented feeling unwell. 

Outline' A gay man who works full-time in job he loves, and is in a long-term relationship. He was diagnosed in March 2002 when he presented feeling unwell. He began medication soon after sero-conversion because his T cells went below 200 and his viral load was high. Although he did not give up work, he found he initially needed considerably more rest than usual when he first started treatment (efavirenz and Combavir). He 'listened' to his body and so rested and avoided certain foods when he started medication. His viral load quickly became undetectable and he had few side-effects (e.g. vivid dreams, tiredness). Although he did not receive the love he wanted as a child, he has created a life where he feels socially supported, confident and optimistic. Here, HIV does not play a central role. He consciously decided against what he terms the 'victim route' of blaming life problems on HIV.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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