HIV

Interview 34

Male
Age at interview: 63
Age at diagnosis: 51

Brief outline: His wife took the news about his HIV very badly and their relationship broke up. He felt depressed and had suicidal thoughts. The care of HIV clinic staff and support groups were very important to his survival. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 63 year old man originally from Africa, who has been in the UK for many decades. A British Citizen, he was married with children when he was diagnosed in 1993 with HIV.

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Age at interview' 63

Age at diagnosis' 51

Sex' Male

Background' A 63 year old British citizen, originally from Africa, who has been in the UK for many decades. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1993 after presenting to his GP with rashes and fever. 

Outline' A 63 year old man originally from Africa, who has been in the UK for many decades. A British Citizen, he was married with children when he was diagnosed with HIV in 1993 after presenting to his GP with rashes and fever. His wife took the news very badly, and that was the beginning of the end of their relationship. Alternative accommodation was arranged via the hospital, although he found it difficult to carry on. He felt depressed and had suicidal thoughts. He also saw others around him die from HIV in those days, and other people gossiped about his health. The care of HIV clinic staff and support groups were very important to his survival. Eventually, he responded well to the new combination therapies (currently undetectable viral load, 400 CD4 Cells), although he does have side-effects like high cholesterol and tiredness. He also has reduced sex drive and peripheral neuropathy with pain.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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