21st Century HIV

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Jack's story

‘I’d last had a full sexual health check-up in October 2009. Depending on how ‘lucky’ I’d been, these check-ups could either be six or 12 months apart, just like a check-up at the dentist. It was the beginning of September 2010, so I booked an appointment at the clinic.

‘It was a week after my check-up on a Friday morning when a text came through on my phone telling me there was: ‘No need for any follow up appointment.’ To be honest, I didn’t expect to have anything. When I was younger I had more of a sex drive, now it’s a different state of affairs. I forwarded it straight onto my best mate Sven. We’re housemates too, and he’s always my first port of call with news of any kind.

‘I work on public transport and the following Monday, on a morning shift, I was up to my neck in extremely unhappy passengers as we were running late. Customers were screaming at me left, righ

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