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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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Reggie Smith

Reggie Smith

Atlanta; Diagnosed in 1984

Remember, you are responsible for the effort, not the outcome. We pray for a positive outcome, and we measure the success of the efforts so we can tailor them to best serve the greater good, but you will burn out fast if you are so attached to how your efforts change the lives of those you serve that you play God instead of servant. Know what your motive is for working in the HIV field and try to practice a level of humility.




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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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