Brett rang the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) to see if there was any way he could make his boss pay him on time.
“Oh, you don’t need that.” This was the reply from my family GP when I asked for a HIV test for the first time. He was our family doctor.
I was battling the black dog of depression and anxiety and trying to make sense of my diagnosis.
My testing experience was not planned nor was my result expected. In 1988 I was unwell for a long period of time, I lost about three stone in weight, had night sweats and cold fevers.
I knew that I didn’t use any condoms. I knew that two of the guys were Poz and I had no idea the HIV status of the other few guys.
It was a bit of a surprise when she leaned across the table, held my hand and said “I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve tested HIV positive.”
Hepatitis C is a more robust and infectious virus than HIV and it isn’t fully understood just how easy it is to acquire sexually.