HIV

Interview 49

Male
Age at interview: 26
Age at diagnosis: 17

Brief outline: Clint progressed to Aids defining illnesses relatively quickly. Fortunately, combination therapy had come in by then, and his original combination (Combivir, efavirenz and nelfinavir) is still effective today.

Background: Clint was infected with HIV at the age of 17 from a partner at a time when he lacked knowledge about HIV.

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Age at interview: 26

Age at diagnosis: 17

Sex: Male

Background: Clint is a 26 year old male, diagnosed at age 17. He is founder of young people's HIV/AIDS charity 'Health Initiatives'

Outline: Clint is a 26 year old male and founder of young people's HIV/AIDS charity 'Health Initiatives'. He was infected with HIV at the age of 17 from a partner at a time he lacked knowledge about HIV. His school education failed to teach him about how to have safe sex. Although it was initially suspected he had cancer, he returned a positive HIV result. Clint progressed to Aids defining illnesses relatively quickly, and he felt angry that he was not told by his doctors that this was a possibility. Fortunately, combination therapy had come in at that stage, and his original combination (Combivir, efavirenz and nelfinavir) is still effective today. He has an undetectable viral load, and 400 T cells. He argues strongly against comforting notions that HIV is merely a 'manageable' chronic condition. He believes that HIV does make life more difficult, yet people can draw strength from coping with HIV. He is passionate about developing a weekend HIV service specifically tailored for young people. He believes that sexual health services in the UK must become much more user-friendly and accessible for young people. 
 

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