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Author Topic: HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK  (Read 1072 times)

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Offline komnaes

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HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:24:52 PM »
I should have kept myself more update on this but couldn't really find the time lately, so would appreciate some help:

I recently got a referral from a friend to the civil right group I am volunteering - the case involves a Hong Kong born student who's now studying a doctorate degree in the UK. He was diagnosed back in HK 2 years ago and he's not notified the university yet; and silly as it sounds he's coming regularly back to HK for check ups and there's still no need for medication, though it seems it may be soon.

He's also met a guy, a UK citizen, last year and they got on really well. Now they're at the stage of thinking about civil partnership (or whatever it's called now) - no info on whether his boyfriend is also HIV positive or not but I suppose it's not relevant. His partner is fully aware of his status.

The advise he's seeking - what's the best way to go about it? Is being HIV+ an obstacle at all?

Any inputs will be greatly appreciated while I am also doing some independent researches..

Shaun
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Offline keyite

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Re: HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 02:40:50 PM »
Being HIV+ is in itself not a barrier to migration into the UK so he is not risking his right to stay by being open about it - and people that are legally resident here get free HIV care, so there really isn't any need for him to return to HK for his checkups (unless that is his preference, of course).

Nor is HIV+ a barrier to civil partnerships - but there are other requirements to fulfil:

http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/civilpartnerships/

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Re: HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2009, 03:31:46 PM »
Check out the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, including this page which deals specifically with hiv.

You might find more answers here as well:

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/ukpga_20040033_en_1

Good luck to your mate!

Ann

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Offline komnaes

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Re: HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 08:20:02 AM »
Thanks guys

It all sounds very progressive! I am not sure why this person is very worried about revealing his status but it's not really my business. My job is to just compile all the information into general guidelines.

I would appreciate if anyone else has some real life examples for more references.

Hugs, Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline Ann

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Re: HIV and gay civil marriage in the UK
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 08:29:26 AM »
Shuan,

Maybe this guy doesn't realise what the laws are and that's what's worrying him about revealing his hiv status.

Did you notice there is a forum at the UKLGIG webiste? http://www.uklgig.org.uk/phpBB2/ It seems active and there's bound to be personal experiences there - although I have to admit I didn't read any threads.

Make sure you also scour the sites you've been linked to for further onward links.

Ann

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