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Lost friends


Malcolm talks about the devastating affect / had on the gay community and him personally. He is HIV positive himself and he lost his partner, whom he had been with for 25 years.

“My partner died a year before the anti-retrovirals became available, a year later and he probably would have still been alive. I had another very close friend who died six months later. It was a terrible period. I was expecting to die within a couple of years but combination therapy kept me alive, but without those people in my life, (I wouldn’t have survived).

“One lost a lot of other friends as well, it was before anti-retrovirals and they were giving them large doses of which was killing them, it was a very difficult period. I’m not alone in having lost a lot of friends and acquaintances.”

Contributed by: Malcolm Gibb, 58

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