HIV

Interview 22

Female
Age at interview: 43
Age at diagnosis: 42

Brief outline: Her anti-HIV drugs (Kaletra and Combivir) brought her viral load down to undetectable at the time of interview. She has strong faith that Jesus has healed her in combination with her medical care.

Background: A 43 year old woman from Africa who describes herself as 'coloured.' She was diagnosed when she went to hospital very ill with TB.

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Age at interview' 43

Age at diagnosis' 42

Sex' Female

Background' A 43 year old woman from Africa who describes herself as 'coloured.' She has 3 children and was diagnosed a year ago. 

Outline' A 43 year old woman from Africa who describes herself as 'coloured.' She has 3 children. She moved to the UK over 2 years ago to escape political persecution. She was diagnosed as HIV positive when she presented late to hospital very ill with TB, and with a very low T cell count of about 20.

Her combination therapy (Kaletra and Combivir) brought her viral load down to undetectable and her CD4 cells to 220 at the time of interview. Her medication has not caused her noticeable side-effects. She also takes vitamins, has improved her diet and exercises. She has strong faith that Jesus has healed her in combination with her medical care. She wants others to know that Western medicine works and that Jesus also heals. She is very open about her diagnosis and believes that coloured and black African women should consider themselves as equal to men.

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