HIV

Interview 47

Female
Age at interview: 30
Age at diagnosis: 29

Brief outline: H47 is currently on nevirapine and Combivir with few side-effects. Attending a number of support groups is a good way for her to gain information, network and get training. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 30 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa after her husband died in 2004, but became ill and was diagnosed with HIV.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 30

Age at diagnosis' 29

Sex' Female

Background' A 30 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa after her husband died in 2004. She became ill and was diagnosed with HIV a year ago.

Outline' A 30 year old woman who came to the UK from Africa after her husband died in 2004, but became ill and was diagnosed with HIV after her sister (a health professional) suspected it might be HIV. She is currently on nevirapine and Combivir with few side-effects. She has found that attending a number of support groups is a good way to gain information, network and get training. Her Church has undertaken to educate members about HIV, and this has helped her to feel more accepted, although she is still very cautious about telling others about her HIV. Her family members are health professionals, and this has helped her to disclose to them. Nevertheless, like others in her situation, she finds it very stressful waiting to hear about her immigration application. She dreams of being able to contribute to UK society as a case-worker helping people with HIV.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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