Whispers and Closed Doors: The experiences of gay men living long term with HIV

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Monday 1st September 2008

People diagnosed with HIV before 1996 lived in a climate of death and expected to die.

People diagnosed with HIV before 1996 lived in a climate of death and expected to die. Today, however the situation is different with HIV now classified as a chronic illness (Siegal & Lekas, 2002). HIV remains an important issue which particularly affects gay men. This research aimed to develop a deeper understanding of what it was like to live with HIV at a time when there was no cure or treatment for the virus and how that lived experience may have changed following the introduction of effective treatments. These experiences may have implications and ramifications in terms of their current ability to adapt to life with HIV.

See attachment for full report.