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going back to school
Jul 30, 2005

Im an HIV positive women I have been for about 6 years Im 32 years old and Im enrolled in college I plan to become a counlsor then get my doctorit. My main focus will be helping others with HIV learn to live and cope with their status. Do you think my being HIV positive will affect my schooling or my working after Im done with school. My health is great my meds are working. I really only worry that my HIV status well become a blocker in my career choice.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

I see absolutely no reason why your HIV status would be an impediment to your future education or career plans. In fact, your personal experience of being "virally enhanced" may actually be considered a "positive" (so to speak) if you do wind up being a counselor/therapist for HIV-positive folks. I'm delighted you have these career plans, as we certainly need more people devoted to all aspects of HIV treatment and care. I also think it's a good idea you haven't decided to major in English: it's counselor, not counlsor; and it's doctorate, not doctorit. Spell check should become an essential part of all your future homework assignments!

Good luck. Study hard. Stay well.

Dr. Bob


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