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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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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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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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