yt In the past, the HIV diagnosis was often a death sentence. Things are different from Friedrich Stoll (71) from Essen: he is older than the virus.
Since Friedrich Stoll (family name), called "Friedel calls himself HIV-positive, he does not know. He got the diagnosis in 2005, but he probably has a lot earlier infection. Stoll, aged 71, white hair, gray and oversized sweater with contrasting pattern, was heroin-dependent for more than 40 years. He probably discussed with another junkie at the spit, he says, looking. He can come with his illness: "What comes, will it come, I can do it."
That Stoll can say this, is also due to the care he receives. For five years he lives in assisted living of Aidshilfe Essen. Every day he takes medicines that prevent the proliferation of viruses in his blood. HIV means "human immunodeficiency virus". The virus causes the physical properties of the body, pathogens can no longer fight the body. AIDS is when the body is weakened to prevent life-threatening illness or severe pneumonia. The viral disease is not horrid, but since the 80's, when the diagnosis was most commonly committed to death, much has happened. "A normal life is currently possible in Germany for all HIV-infected persons," says the director of Aidshilfe NRW, Patrik Maas. According to the association, there are 18,600 people in HIV positive HIV. For World AIDS Day on December 1, people around the world died dead due to the infection being present for 30 years. And for the destilmatisation of people living there.
For Friedel Stoll means a normal life that is older with the virus without AIDS. In addition to the daily tablet, he can be interviewed at the University Hospital in Essen once a month. For the past five years, the 71-year-old lived in a small lounge unit in & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; the middle of Essen. Two rooms, one with a kitchen table, a white porcelain dog in the floor, a TV that almost all day runs. "Fortunately for me to be here." Every Tuesday he helps at the Aidshilfe cafe. Once a month there is a resident survey, otherwise Stoll sends himself to stay. In his apartment, his return trip.
The 71-year-old was born in Essen, went to school, which had a musical teaching. Then he must go to the Bundeswehr – and heurts. After Berlin, there he had tried in 1962 heroine for the first time. And was successful. For more than 40 years, he checked the fabric regularly, moved from Berlin to Frankfurt and returned to Essen. A few years he lived with his brother and was sent to prison. "Procurement crime is called," says Stoll. But in felony he was offered a withdrawal and was reinstated for a few years. Mostly. Every few months he returns, "then he goes to the heights," or Daniel Flötgen gives it, the director of the board at the Aidshilfe Essen.
The association contributes 200 innumerable clients. Not all are HIV-positive, for example, groups of homosexual homosexuals or the nightfall project, where men search for prostitution, can advise. On the grounds is a cafe, and in the house next to Friedel Stoll on the ground floor floor. All residents of the house are carefree for outpatient, the office next to Stoll's apartment is occupied every day. In total there are 70 people in the program, according to Daniela Flötgen are all "in a harsh situation": depressed, drugs, mentally ill or just HIV-positive. People who are HIV-positive are always more likely to suffer and need help dealing with the bird, such as trying to detect a doctor or a major disability. The few studies on older people with HIV indicate that the more often read from cardiovascular disease and cancer and earlier die. The Flötgen, according to their often lifelike lifestyle, can be related. And with many of them they are spearheaded.
Like Friedel Stoll. He never came up with the idea that he could be HIV-positive. The virus was detected during an examination in the hospital, where only one should be pulled out shoulder shoulder should be absorbed. "I was often sick, cold, flu, pneumonia," says Stoll, "but I never went to the doctor." He was overwhelmed with the diagnosis, has hardly treated her. He told it only to his brother, who he tries regularly today. "Who else?" The 71-year-old was never married, he has no children. "That was not the search," he simply says. But there is a girlfriend, Regina, for 13 years old. A former sexton from Essen, this garden has often visited him. He also told her about his illness, "just before we got the first time together," he says. Thanks to the medication, the risk of infection is zero. Regina remained. But living together is a question for Friedel Stoll: "I need freedom and peace."
He wants to stay in his device while he can. He does not know how he will be driven later. Most caregivers, says Daniela Flötgen, are not designed to achieve the needs of older HIV-infected or drug companies. The Aid help can not even offer it. "It takes a social development, an open approach for the older generation," says Flötgen. The freedoms of the past wanted a lot of self-esteemed as they live their sexuality, or, like Friedel Stoll, "from time to time." Older HIV-infected people As Stoll will become increasingly weaker in the future, but this is not a problem in old homes.
Still, Stoll still wants to do it. But rather prefer life when it happens. "I'm good," he says and borders.