HIV

Interview 25

Male
Age at interview: 63
Age at diagnosis: 48

Brief outline: He currently takes didanosine, ritonavir, lamivudine and saquinavir for HIV. He has suffered from non-painful peripheral neuropathy and some lipodystrophy. With treatment, he now looks forward to a long retirement.

Background: A retired GP living with his partner of 9 years in London. He was diagnosed in 1990 after unprotected sex at a time when he assumed he was HIV positive.

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Age at interview' 63

Age at diagnosis' 48

Sex' Male

Background' A 63 year old retired GP living with his male partner of 9 years in London. Diagnosed in 1990 after unprotected sex when he mistakenly assumed he was HIV positive.

Outline' A 63 year old, retired GP living with his male partner of 9 years in London. He was diagnosed in 1990 after unprotected sex at a time when he assumed he was HIV positive, although he was actually negative' His previous partner had died from Aids. He currently takes didanosine, ritonavir, lamivudine and saquinavir for HIV. As a hard working health professional, it was difficult for him to consider his own health needs, become a patient, and retire when he needed to. Nevertheless, with treatment, he now looks forward to a long and rewarding retirement. He is active creatively, and in making and keeping social networks. Happy in retirement, he believes it is important to give up the esteem of a valued work identity and gain personal esteem from himself. He has suffered from non-painful peripheral neuropathy and some lipodystrophy. He has used Testogel to treat low testosterone levels, low libido and low energy.

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