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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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Matt Ignacio

Matt Ignacio

Tohono O'odham Nation, Southern Arizona; National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Denver

I haven't been doing this work through the entire epidemic, but for a third of the time, and I would say that, really, this work can be frustrating. It can be exhausting. It can be draining. Just have patience to go through those motions, because there's a lot to learn. And, if there's a "silver lining," for lack of a better phrase, of HIV in general, it's that it's ever-evolving. Every three years, there's brand-new stuff to learn about and it keeps the work exciting.




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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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