Peter was the UK’s longest-living HIV-positive man and the oldest documented person living with the virus.
His remarkable story of fighting the disease has inspired thousands.
He was also the most visible HIV-positive person in the UK.
Though many people thought Peter would not live long enough to make his mark on history, he fought against the odds and lived well past his expected life expectancy.
Miguel is the oldest documented person living with HIV
In 2004, Miguel was diagnosed with HIV and colitis. His CD4 cell count was low, which is an important indicator of HIV infection.
He also had lymphoma, a form of lymphoma that affects the lymphatic system.
Doctors worried that Miguel’s disease could progress into AIDS, but he surprised them with his ability to heal himself.
He was diagnosed at the age of 84 and is still active and independent.
While Miguel was taking daily HIV medications and living an active life, he attributed his long life to his lemon tea.
While it is not safe to drink lemon tea or drink it without a doctor’s approval, Miguel is credited with being the oldest documented person living with HIV.
Peter was the longest-living person with HIV
Peter became HIV positive a few months after arriving in San Francisco. He fought his disease by enrolling in clinical trials.
He became obsessed with his own survival and tried every experimental drug to see if he could prolong his life.
The trials he was part of led him to try AZT, an early antiretroviral drug, but it was not effective enough to protect Peter from HIV.
Other experimental drugs he tried included Compound Q, an extract from Chinese cucumbers, but Peter’s body was still too weak.
In 1985, Peter was diagnosed with an AIDS-related complex.
He was working as a bond trader on Wall Street when he was infected with the virus.
Several years later, he joined ACT UP New York. In addition to chairing its fundraising committee for three years, he became a member of the Treatment & Data Committee.
Jonathan Grimshaw was the UK’s most visible HIV-positive man
Jonathan Grimshaw was the UK’s most-recognized HIV-positive man, a 32-year-old bald man who often wore bow ties.
He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 but there were no treatments for the virus.
As a result, he believed that his best chance of survival lay in activism and honesty.
When he first revealed his HIV status to the media, he did not seem surprised.
Although HIV infection has risen in the UK over the last decade, the numbers of new HIV diagnoses among heterosexual men and women have decreased.
The proportion of new HIV diagnoses in heterosexual men and women born in England fell significantly between 2014 and 2018, and the proportion of new HIV infections among homosexuals and bisexual men fell significantly.
Peter never gave up on the unexpected life he’d been granted
When Peter learned he had the AIDS virus 30 years ago, he was devastated.
He lost his family, friends, livelihood, and even his home.
But despite his devastating circumstances, he never gave up on the unexpected life he’d been granted.
At the time, AIDS had killed tens of thousands of people, most of them gay men.
At first, Peter was overwhelmed by strange feelings and a lack of vocabulary to describe them.
He tried to cope in different ways. He secretly tried on his mother’s clothes a few times, and he got a buzz cut from a barber one summer.
Peter underwent a Transplant after the COVID-19 pandemic began
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little information about the virus and its effects on immunosuppressed individuals.
However, the availability of new therapies has changed that.
Today, the prevalence of COVID-19 in deceased organ donors has increased. In fact, about eighty percent of deceased donors had positive COVID-19 NAT results before their donation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting transplant decisions in the United States since the first case of infection was identified on January 21, 2020, in Washington.
Since then, the use of organs from deceased COVID-19-infected donors has been debated.