HIV

Interview 23

Male
Age at interview: 34
Age at diagnosis: 30

Brief outline: He was shocked when he found out he was actually infected with HIV, and he wanted to kill himself. Since his viral load has reduced to undetectable with medication (currently emtricitabine, efavirenz, tenofovir), he has felt much better physically and psychologically. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: An Asian gay man who was diagnosed in 2001 when he went along for tests following his partner having a sexually transmitted infection.

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Age at interview' 34

Age at diagnosis' 30

Sex' Male

Background' An Asian gay man who was diagnosed in 2001 when he went along for tests following his partner having a sexually transmitted infection. 

Outline' An Asian gay man who was diagnosed in 2001 when he went along for tests following his partner having a sexually transmitted infection. He was unsure whether he acquired his HIV through sex or perhaps when he had to handle dead bodies overseas during a war. He came from a culture where HIV is not discussed. He was not educated about HIV, and when he heard that his HIV test was positive, he thought it meant the result was good. He was shocked when he found out he was actually infected with HIV, and he wanted to kill himself. He found that by talking to people, he was able to feel much better. Prayer also help to distract him from negative thoughts. Since his viral load has reduced to undetectable with medication (currently emtricitabine, efavirenz, tenofovir), he has felt much better physically and psychologically. He no longer feels he is 'dirty' because of HIV.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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