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Facing Up to AIDS

Mordaunt, John

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ISBN 10: 0862781825 / ISBN 13: 9780862781828
Published by O'Brien Pr, 1990
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Title: Facing Up to AIDS

Publisher: O'Brien Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Good

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JOHN MORDAUNT lives in London and his time is spent helping others cope with AIDS and publicising a positive approach to life with the disease. He counsels, lectures and gives talks all over Britain. He featured on the BBC documentary 'Facing Up to AIDS'. Paradoxically, his life is happier than it has ever been since childhood. He grew up in Finglas, a massive new housing development built in the Dublin suburbs in the 1960s. In this wilderness the families of Dublin's overcrowded inner city were re-housed. Life was hard, and kids experimented with drugs. John was given his first fix of heroin on his fourteenth birthday. After that his life became dominated by drugs. In the early days, he and his friends saw themselves as a super-cool elite. It was like being a member of an exclusive club - the most exclusive in the world, John says, since the price of membership is your life. Then he was diagnosed as HIV positive. These were early days in the AIDS crisis, and John experienced isolation and terror when medical staff and family wore 'space-suits' in his Presence. Nobody would touch him. is despair was expressed in several suicide attempts. He went on the 'trip of a lifetime' to China, but was expelled when he told doctors there he had AIDS. Sent home, all by himself on a Jumbo jet! John has developed full-blown AIDS. But he has conquered his drug addiction and restructured his life. Contact with the Terrence Higgins Trust and Frontliners provided him with the impetus and support to develop a worthwhile and caring life.

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