HIV

Interview 45

Female
Age at interview: 43
Age at diagnosis: 39

Brief outline: She was staying with her sister when she was diagnosed. Her sister mistreated her because of her HIV. Social groups, courses and Christianity have contributed to her wellbeing and empowerment. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 43 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa 4 years ago to study, but became very ill and was diagnosed with HIV.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 43

Age at diagnosis' 39

Sex' Female

Background' A 43 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa 4 years ago to study, but became very ill (she was in a coma) and was diagnosed with HIV. 

Outline' A 43 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa 4 years ago to study, but became very ill (she was in a coma) and was diagnosed with HIV. Hospital social workers organised for her teenage daughter to come and join her in the UK. She disclosed her HIV status to her daughter because she did not want her daughter to be confused. She was staying with her sister  when she was diagnosed, who mistreated her because of her HIV. Subsequently, social workers from her hospital found alternative accommodation for herself and her daughter, and her solicitor helped her to gain discretional leave to remain in the UK. She takes Sustiva and Combivir and now has an undetectable viral load (350 T cells) and she takes medication for TB. Although she has some side-effects from medication (e.g. fat re-distribution, pigmentation) she feels very fortunate. Social groups, courses and Christianity have been central to her feeling of wellbeing and empowerment.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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