Do not burn yourself out. In this field many of us desire to be there and make everything all right for everyone. This field can be both very rewarding and tiresome at the same time. This was something I had to learn the hard way. Although we may feel rewarded by the help we are extending to others, we must remember to take time to keep our minds right and to make sure we are equipped to deal with the daily stresses of this field. If we aren't keeping ourselves mentally and physically ready, how can we be a help to anyone else?
Comment by: Marty
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.
Comment by: Nova S
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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