HIV

Interview 36

Male
Age at interview: 40
Age at diagnosis: 35

Brief outline: He accesses African support groups, and this helps to relieve the boredom and stress of being 'stuck' while his immigration status is sorted out. He is currently taking efavirenz and Combivir, and has a low viral load. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A black African man, over 40 years-old, who was discovered to be HIV positive after he became ill while visiting the UK.

Age at interview' 40

Age at diagnosis' 35

Sex' Male

Background' A black African man, 40 years-old, who was discovered to be HIV positive after he became ill while visiting the UK.

Outline' A black African man, 40 years-old, who was discovered to be HIV positive after he became ill while visiting the UK. Being ill and hospitalised meant that he overstayed his visa. His family is back home, and while he did not originally intend to stay in the UK, his believes he will not get access to medication if he returns. He accesses African support groups, and this provides him with much needed support including friends, activities, and training. Such networks have helped to relieve the boredom and stress of being 'stuck' while his immigration status is sorted out. He is currently taking efavirenz and Combivir, and has a low viral load and 330 CD4 cells.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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