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From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

HIV-Negative People Offer Their Tips


Juana Clarke

Juana Clarke
Waterbury Hospital
Waterbury, Conn.

My name is Juana Clarke. I work for Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn. We have the Waterbury Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic at our hospital.
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Carlos V. Rodriguez
South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Laredo, Texas

My name is Carlos Rodriguez and I work for the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Laredo, Texas. I am the director of the HIV programs in that particular organization in south Texas.
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Wendy Torres

Wendy Torres
HIV/AIDS Advocate
Atlanta, Ga.

My name is Wendy Torres. I would reassure someone newly diagnosed with HIV that it's not a death sentence anymore like it used to be. I would just let them know that there is hope. There are a lot of places where you can seek medical attention.
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Cortez Jones

Cortez Jones
HIV-negative son of HIV-positive mom (Mom was diagnosed in 2002)
Atlanta, Ga.
Age: 17

My name is Cortez Jones. I would tell someone just diagnosed with HIV "Go get help and don't give up."
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Reverend Sandy Rogers

Reverend Sandy Rogers
HIV/AIDS Advocate
Atlanta, Ga.

My name is Reverend Sandy Rogers. If someone told me they were just diagnosed with HIV, I would let them know that having the virus is not a death sentence.
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Randy Shenahan

Randy Shenahan
Red-Rock North Behavioral Health Services
Oklahoma City, Okla.

My name is Randy Shenahan. I work for Red-Rock North Behavioral Health Services in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am an HIV tester, counselor and outreach specialist.
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Bethsheba Johnson

Bethsheba Johnson
Chicago, Ill.

My name is Bethsheba Johnson and I live in Chicago. I work as a nurse practitioner, certified in AIDS care.
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Ingrid Floyd

Ingrid Floyd
Iris House
New York City

Hi, I'm Ingrid Floyd. I'm the executive director of Iris House.
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Rashad Scott

Rashad Scott
COMHAR's Community Living Room
Philadelphia, Pa.

My name's Rashad Scott and I work for COMHAR's Community Living Room, which is a psychosocial rehabilitation day program.
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Kizmet Cleveland

Kizmet Cleveland
Americorps VISTA
Cleveland, Miss.

My name is Kizmet Cleveland. I am from Cleveland, Mississippi and I'm an Americorps VISTA member.
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Jorge Zepeda

Jorge Zepeda
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco, Calif.

Hi, this is Jorge Zepeda, I'm a clinical social worker and I live in San Francisco.
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Nyrobi Moss

Nyrobi Moss
SisterLove, Inc.
Atlanta, Ga.

Hi, my name is Nyrobi Moss and I am the Health Education, Advocacy Prevention Coordinator and Sexual Health Educator and Trainer at SisterLove, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia.
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