Time: 1996- present
Googled: HIV progression, HIV treatment
Would a man with HIV be discriminated against or be medically unable to be a nurse in the children's ward of a hospital in 1996?
How has treatment for HIV changed in the past fifteen years or so? If a man who is HIV+ (let's not assume full-blown AIDS, I want to keep him alive) fell ill now, could it still have drastic consequences?
I'm thinking about having one of my secondary characters have HIV and have his illness as part of the climax for the second half of my novel, but if that would change his role in the first half then his partner will be the one who gets sick.
EDIT: so I've been looking some things up, and I'm wondering how plausible it is for my character to make it through about 1995-2010 with HIV. With the correct drug cocktails, is this possible? I'd prefer him not to die when hospitalized at the end of the novel, though there can be the understanding that he now must walk on eggshells. He and his partner just adopted a baby, so....
I'm wondering if I might fare better making him ill from a cause that isn't HIV