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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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Tyrone Lopez

Tyrone Lopez

STD/HIV Prevention and Outreach for the Tohono O'odham Nation, Tucson, Ariz.; Diagnosed in 2003

I'd probably say to have fun with it. Try to come up with new ideas, even though some of the old ones still work. It's kinda hard getting the message out, especially when people have an attention span of less than 10 minutes, and they're saying jokingly, "OK, I've heard this, come on." Also, understand that all people aren't at the same education level, so make it really simple for a lot of people.




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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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