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New to Working in the HIV/AIDS Field? Welcomes and Tips From Fellow Advocates

November 28, 2012

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Sherrie Burch

Sherrie Burch

Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas

There have been a lot of changes -- get educated about it. Unfortunately, I think what's happening is people really don't know what HIV is. We're in a generation where many people have never seen someone get sick and die of advanced HIV. And, so, it's in the back of their mind and it needs to be brought forward again, to help educate, and to be able to know it yourself and get a lot of education so you can educate your clients. And know that there are gonna be some ups and downs.




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Comment by: Marty (Jackson, MS) Tue., Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm EST
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.
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Comment by: Nova S (Pueblo Colorado) Mon., Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm EST
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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