HIV

Interview 41

Female
Age at interview: 45
Age at diagnosis: 42

Brief outline: Although she was monogamous, her partner was not, and she believes she picked up HIV from him. She has found support groups to be vital in her emotional wellbeing. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 45 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa over 4 years ago. She became sick and was diagnosed as HIV positive while studying in the UK.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 45

Age at diagnosis' 42

Sex' Female

Background' A 45 year old black woman who came to the UK from Africa over 4 years ago. She became sick and was diagnosed as HIV positive 3 years ago.

Outline' A 45 year old black woman who came to the UK from Africa over 4 years ago. She became sick and was diagnosed as HIV positive while believing she would only be staying in the UK temporarily to do further study. Although she was monogamous, she feels her partner was not, and she believes she picked up HIV from him. She eventually forgave him because she believed that her anger was harming herself. She has found support groups to be vital in her emotional wellbeing. She disclosed her HIV to her children (the youngest being a teenager), who were shocked but nevertheless supportive.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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