Observing the 1980s
Lewis, Haydn (Part 7 of 12)
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Interviewee's home, Cardiff
Lewis, Haydn, (speaker, male)
Edwards, Sian, (speaker, female)
Part 7: 1983, 21 years old, self-employed, work busy and successful. Family happy. No concerns of haemophilia and AIDS. First person with haemophilia dies in 1982. Becomes aware of AIDS. Visited Dr. Bloom, appears unconcerned. 1984 HIV test available, feeling well, still unconcerned. 1985 Haydn, brother Gareth and Gaynor tested for HIV. Anxious. Children nine and seven years old. Haydn tested HIV positive. Aware of implications. Reassured by doctor. Brother and other friends HIV positive. Received positive result with brother Gareth and two others men, support group in pub opposite hospital 'Birch Grove'. Feelings about Gaynor being tested. Discusses attitude and reaction to knowledge. Difficult hearing others attitudes towards subject of HIV/AIDS. Decision not to tell children. Reaction of mother and Gaynor's parents. Three years of unprotected sex before HIV diagnosis, so relieved Gaynor negative. Describes concerns and feelings about sexual transmission and concerns for children. Work partner aware. Describes concerns in work setting. 1987 litigation against government for compensation in progress, not actively involved. Gaynor unwell with Salmonella, hospitalised and investigated. Tested for HIV at Haemophilia Centre, result initially inconclusive.
Interviewed for the Haemophilia and HIV Life History Project