New to Working in the HIV/AIDS Field? Welcomes and Tips From Fellow Advocates
November 28, 2012
For some advocates in our community, working in HIV/AIDS is a matter of their own survival. Others come to the community through avenues they never could have imagined. Still others could not see themselves working anywhere else once they'd delved into the complexities of this work. We asked people working in different areas of the HIV/AIDS field, and all across the U.S.: What would you say to someone who has just begun working in the HIV/AIDS community?
Comment by: Marty
Tue., Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm UTC
I've been involved in HIV/AIDS/STI education and prevention for 20 years. You have to be a compassionate person and look past people's sexuality. I have been fortunate to work with very diverse groups and individuals in the HIV/AIDS arena and have learned one's sexuality does not measure who he/she is. Accept people for who they are.
Comment by: Nova S
Mon., Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm UTC
Matt this is for you. You are doing good and right getting into the HIV/Aids field. I have been in it since 1982. You will get very attached to your patients and grieve when you lose them, you need to make your heart strong yet gentle for people with this disease. We can always make a difference even if in one persons life. There is always something new evolving with care and research. Hang in there.
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