Clare Groves was one of three contestants at HIV Blind Date on 14 October 2015. Clare was diagnosed in 2007, but she's been living with Hep C since the nineties. At the time of our interview, Clare was waiting, along with hundreds of thousands of other people with Hep C in the UK, for a range of breakthrough drugs with cure rates of over 95 per cent to become widely available on the NHS. When we spoke, only those with life-threatening liver damage were allowed to access new medication.
Since October, there has been a step forward and doctors will soon be legally bound to prescribe the new drugs to most patients. But underfunding by the NHS means that in reality, very little may change. In the course of my research for this article it became apparent that despite the law, only those who have the support and ability to make their voices heard will be able to get treatment.