HIV

Interview 27

Male
Age at interview: 30
Age at diagnosis: 27

Brief outline: He currently has a viral load of about 160,000 and 360 CD cells, and has not yet begun anti-HIV medication. His diagnosis has been a catalyst in facing up to many issues in his life. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 30 year old gay male medical doctor who grew up in a town outside London. He was diagnosed in 2002 after unprotected sex at a sauna.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 30

Age at diagnosis' 27

Sex' Male

Background' A 30 year old gay male medical doctor who grew up in a town outside London. He was diagnosed in 2002 after unprotected sex.

Outline' A 30 year old gay male medical doctor who grew up in a town outside London. He was diagnosed in 2002 after unprotected sex at a sauna, at a time when he felt like an 'automaton' and was not really taking good care of himself.

He currently has a viral load of about 160,000 and 360 CD4 cells, and has not yet begun anti-HIV medication, although he expects he will need to start in 1 to 2 years. When he was first diagnosed with HIV, he rationalised that he was better off than those with HIV in less developed countries. Nevertheless, he now understands that he side-stepped his feelings which came to the surface in the second year after his diagnosis. His diagnosis has been a catalyst in facing up to many issues (including coming out, sense of self worth, family issues) that he had up until then postponed. Friends, counselling and HIV support groups helped him cope.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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