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

November 28, 2012


Nelson Vergel

Nelson Vergel

Program for Wellness Restoration, Houston; Diagnosed in 1986

Follow your heart and remember every day why you are doing this work. This can be a thankless field. It is usually underpaid and a lot of people depend on you. Develop strong relationships with people who have been in the field a lot longer than you who can mentor you. At the end of the day, the feeling of helping others and even saving lives usually compensates for the stress, low pay, and lack of cooperation in our field. And remember to build your skills for other fields, in case you are unfortunate enough to lose your job as a result of funding cuts. I am sorry to sound so jaded!

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