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Living with AIDS

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1026
  1. Joanna Busza (

Radio 4's Living with AIDS series focuses on disparate experiences of the HIV pandemic. In the first programme, Blood Brothers, we are reminded of the men with haemophilia who contracted HIV in the early 1980s through factor VIII. In the United Kingdom 25% of patients receiving factor VIII were infected with HIV before doctors fully understood the problem.

We hear from Mick, who realised that he was infected with HIV only when instructions for a special diet for people with AIDS arrived in the post. He was told he had two years to live, and recalls receiving little support or advice beyond “Go out and enjoy yourself ... but don't have sex!” …

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