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Malnourished woman with AID tests HIV+

Hertfordshire Mercury has reported about a woman who lost her appetite following a head injury which resultantly impacted on her immune system. She came to test HIV+ so her malnutrition/AID was reframed as HIV/AID. (S has been omitted intentionally here as we don’t know if she presented any HIV/AIDS-defining illness)

The (likely black) woman was also told that she was lucky to have been diagnosed as she only had 3 months to live, despite feeling well when nourished and believing she acquired that status 10yrs before diagnosis. Furthermore, she attributes HIV to making her feel ‘sleepy and dozy’ rather than the medication she is undoubtedly on.

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