HIV

Interview 21

Male
Age at interview: 40
Age at diagnosis: 37

Brief outline: Although he was very ill with HIV, he was determined not to become a victim and 'end up on the scrap heap.' He lives a healthy and physically active life on combination therapies (nevirapine and Combivir). (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A professional gay man in full time work. He was diagnosed in September 2002 when he presented feeling tired and lacking in energy.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 40

Age at diagnosis' 37

Sex' Male

Background' A professional gay man in full time work. He was diagnosed in September 2002 when he presented feeling tired and lacking in energy. 

Outline' A professional gay man in full time work. He was diagnosed in September 2002 when he presented feeling tired and lacking in energy. He attributes infection to a drunken night when he did not use condoms with a casual partner. Although he was once very ill with a CD4 count of less than 50, he was determined not to become a victim and 'end up on the scrap heap.' He continued to struggle and work until his combination therapy pulled him through. Initially he was on efevirenz and Combivir. Although his viral load dropped dramatically, he had trouble sleeping due to the efevirenz. He convinced his doctor to change from efavirenz to nevirapine, and his sleeping problems diminished. Despite common community ideas about Aids 'victims', he has found he can live a very healthy and physically active life on combination therapies.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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