Long term health conditions

Clint - Interview 26

Male
Age at interview: 26
Age at diagnosis: 17

Brief outline: Clint was infected with HIV at the age of 17 from a partner and, at the time he lacked any knowledge of HIV. Clint rapidly developed the symptoms of the AIDS defining illnesses. Although it was initially suspected he had cancer (a common kind of presentation for AIDS), he in fact had a positive HIV result.

Background: Clint is a twenty-six year old male, diagnosed at 17. He is the founder of young people's HIV/AIDS charity 'Health Initiatives' www.healthinitiatives.org. Ethnic background/nationality' White British.

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Clint is 26 and the founder of the young people's HIV/AIDS charity 'Health Initiatives' www.healthinitiatives.org. He was infected with HIV at the age of 17 from a partner and, at the time, he lacked any knowledge about HIV. Clint rapidly developed the symptoms of AIDS defining illnesses. Although it was initially suspected he had cancer (a common kind of presentation for AIDS), he in fact had a positive HIV result. Clint progressed to having AIDS defining illnesses relatively quickly, and he felt angry that he was not told that this was a possibility. Fortunately 'combination therapy' was available, and his original combination (Combivir, efavirenz and nelfinavir) is still effective today. He argues against any comforting notion that HIV is merely a 'manageable' chronic condition. He knows that HIV does make life more difficult, but also appreciates that people can draw strength from coping with HIV. He is passionate about developing a weekend HIV service specifically tailored for young people.

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