"I don't know anyone with AIDS. I live in England and not many people have AIDS over here - not in the areas I live or work. I've not met anyone with AIDS unless you count D's brother in New York - that was back in the 80's, he had AIDS - that was before ZZT (I think that's what it's called) the drug people take when they are H.I.V. positive. He died not long after I met him - nice man - that was sad. And there was another woman I met, an English woman living in Zimbabwe, she was HIV positive. She lived in an old bungalow - I went to visit her one day and she took me to the end of her garden to look at a big rock covered with old paintings. I don't know what's happened to her. And now I think of it there is an old man - a friend of some friends of mine, who live up the road, he has AIDS, but otherwise I don't know anyone in London with AIDS. But I have to admit, a few years ago when I met this man - very attractive - one thing led to another - and I thought afterwards I'd better get tested for H.I.V. - I was lucky - you can't see it, that's the thing, that's why I got tested - I thought, anyone might be HIV positive."
At the end of 2008 there were an estimated 83,000 people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK of whom approximately 23,400 were unaware of their infection.