I don’t feel any great passion for working with HIV.  I have a passion for pregnant women. But I have to accept that to be effective in areas where HIV rates in women are high (which even includes groups of women here in Atlanta), I need to have a good working understanding of HIV treatment and the health concequences. I decided I’d better make sure some of my educational time is spent focusing on HIV and women.  Too met that aim, I have asked my program director about doing clinical time with an HIV specialist who treats women. As luck would have it we doRead More →

I’ve made a decision that I need to have a real working knowledge of treating women with HIV. How I could pretend it doesn’t matter to my learning for so long amazes me. Perhaps I should have done more thinking about the experiences I really need to work in developing countries, in areas where the health status is very different from what I see here in the US. Unfortunately, I let myself believe that training at the birth center was enough because I wouldn’t be in areas where there were many medical options anyway. But to think that way minimizes women’s health.  Do I really believe the high ratesRead More →