HIV

Interview 37

Male
Age at interview: 31
Age at diagnosis: 29

Brief outline: He feels that he is a stronger person because of his experience with HIV. He is not currently on medication and had 680 CD4 cells. He now takes care of himself through exercise and diet. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 31 year old gay male care worker born in South America who currently lives in the UK. He found out he was HIV positive during a difficult time in his life.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 31

Age at diagnosis' 29

Sex' Male

Background' A 31 year old gay male care worker, diagnosed 2 years ago, who was born in South America and currently lives in the UK.

Outline' A 31 year old gay male care worker who was born in South America and currently lives in the UK. He believed he was HIV negative because he tested negative in South America before coming to the UK. He got tested when his boyfriend refused to have sex without condoms with him in the UK. He was shocked to find out he was actually HIV positive. Being Catholic, he wondered why God was punishing him. He later worked out that he was positive because he had anal intercourse without condoms. He found out he was HIV positive during a very difficult time in his life (e.g. unemployed, immigration problems), but he feels that he is a stronger person because of the experience. He is not currently on medication and had 680 CD4 cells and a viral load of 20,000 at interview. He now takes very good care of himself through exercise and diet.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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