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talk turkey with me
Aug 19, 2002

Hey Dr. Wohl,

Look, I wanna help you guys and everyone else find the best and most effective treatments for HIV possible. I also wanna help study this particular virus, as it has the whole world in check and plus I like a good challenge.

The problem is, I am way too lazy to go to med school - just ain't gonna happen. Too many trivial facts that seem to waste precious time and effort.

I don't know Doc, are those facts essential for the "brain-training" of an infectious disease specialist? I figure you'll say they are - and I'm sure you're right to an extent. But I really wanna jump right into this battle to decode and figure out the real game plan of the virus.

How can I help join this battle without having to go to med school. And I don't consider becoming an "AIDS educator" a real means. They only know what the head hanchos like YOU tell them. I want to be one of the head hanchos.

Email me Doc. Talk turkey with me. Let's throw ideas back and forth. I have some theories already just based on the hours of reading this site and CDC statistics and data. You never know, I could be a valuable warrior in this fight.

Talk to me, Nado

Response from Dr. Wohl

So Nado, you want to hang with the big dogs, well start barking like one. You do not have to have a suffix after your name to be a leader and shaker. There are really smart people out there who know a lot about this virus and are grounded in reality (none of this 'why don't we transfuse T-cells?' shitck, okay). What do these people do? They contribute. They move us forward.

Examples? Jules Levin, Michael Marco - AIDS Activists. Smart, energetic, go mano y mano with the top AIDS administrators and researchers and (major plus) get to always dress casual - they are what it sounds like you want to be. Find them and join up.

Don't work well with others? Start your own website, or newsletter or write a book. The opportunities are there. But, if you want to prescribe meds or conduct experiments - two words Nado... graduate school.



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