I wanted to share something I learned about myself recently.  I love caring for HIV+ patients.  Actually, the patients I have been seeing have AIDS.  What is the difference?  A person is HIV+ when they are infected with the virus; a person is said to have AIDS when the virus has done enough damage to their immune system that they have less than 200 CD4 cells or have an opportunistic infection. This semester, I’ve been doing clinical hours at an HIV center caring for women living with AIDS.  I truly mean living.  The women I met had all been extremely sick at one point, butRead More →

My clinical time this semester has been at an HIV clinic.  I finished my last “official” day at the HIV clinic today.  I still have two optional days I plan to go, and I cannot believe how much I learned through this clinical.  I started thinking I just needed to get an understanding of what HIV care entailed.  But three months later, I have to admit I love it.  I love the complexity of the patient’s issues.  I love that visits are scheduled for half an hour to really allow time to deal with real problems.  I just don’t love how much I still feelRead More →