HIV

Interview 28

Male
Age at interview: 39
Age at diagnosis: 20

Brief outline: He currently has an undetectable viral load and about 900 CD4 cells. He did not respond well to earlier regimes, but is now doing well on 'salvage therapy,' although his medication has numerous side-effects.

Background: A 39 year old gay male health professional who works part time. He was diagnosed in 1986 after unprotected sex with a HIV positive partner.

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Age at interview' 39

Age at diagnosis' 20

Sex' Male

Background' A 39 year old gay male health professional who works part time and has an active life. Diagnosed in 1986 after unprotected sex with a HIV positive partner.

Outline' A 39 year old gay male health professional who works part time and has an active life. He was diagnosed in 1986 after unprotected sex with a HIV positive partner. He currently has an undetectable viral load and about 900 CD4 cells. He did not respond well to earlier regimes, but is now doing well on 'salvage therapy'' 3TC, abacavir, tenofovir, efavirenz and Kaletra. He believes that having Interleukin therapy first may have helped his current regime to be more effective. Despite doing well, he has experienced numerous problems including 'male menopause' (with lowered testosterone and osteoporosis, tiredness, lowered libido), compression on the spinal cord, peripheral neuropathy, increased cholesterol and renal insufficiency. He also has contracted hepatitis C through unprotected sex. He believes people should take care to avoid HIV transmission since treatments are not uncomplicated.

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