HIV in the Classroom: Social Work Students Discuss Matching Medicine With Compassion

June 18, 2013


Ashley Turner

HIV is becoming increasingly biomedical. What do you think social workers bring to the conversation that can complement the medical side of HIV care?

Ashley: Definitely give exposure to empathy to medical providers. Hopefully as social workers we can let them know that these are human beings they're treating. They're not test subjects. They're not inanimate objects that don't have feelings. You need to be empathetic and understanding and kind to these people and all people. You wouldn't treat an HIV-negative person differently from an HIV-positive person. So I think it's good to be kind of an advocate and a support system for your client.

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