HIV

Interview 42

Female
Age at interview: 51
Age at diagnosis: 47

Brief outline: She became sick in the UK while visiting some of her children who live here, and she feels she is now 'stuck here.' The uncertainty over her immigration status is very stressful and does get her down. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 51 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa over 5 years ago. She did not know what was wrong with her husband who became sick and died back home.

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Age at interview' 51

Age at diagnosis' 47

Sex' Female

Background' A 51 year old black woman who came to the UK from Africa over 5 years ago. She has 5 children, and she did not get diagnosed until after her husband died.

Outline' A 51 year old black woman who came to the UK from Africa over 5 years ago. She has 5 children, and she did not know what was wrong with her husband who became sick and died back home. The death certificate said 'gastroenteritis.' She became sick in the UK while visiting some of her children who live here, and she feels she is now 'stuck here.' Support groups have been very important to her well being, although the uncertainty over her immigration status is very stressful and does get her down. The financial hardship involved in not being able to work due to immigration matters is also extremely difficult for her to deal with. She eventually forgave her husband for infecting her. Her Christianity and prayers were important in her finding forgiveness for him.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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