Starting in the HIV Field? Here's Advice From People Who've Been There

Starting in the HIV Field? Here's Advice From People Who've Been There

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Just like the first day of school, starting in the field of HIV as a provider, activist, or advocate can be pretty intimidating. It can seem as if everyone knows each other, except you. People throw around strange words and abbreviations, such as "ASO," "MSM," or "MIPA," and never explain them. And some people, you notice early on, are treated like rock stars.

Just like the first day of school, starting in the field of HIV as a provider, activist, or advocate can be pretty intimidating. It can seem as if everyone knows each other, except you. People throw around strange words and abbreviations, such as "ASO," "MSM," or "MIPA," and never explain them. And some people, you notice early on, are treated like rock stars.

So, what's the best way to begin working in HIV without feeling lost or alone? We asked several community leaders to give advice to people who are newly entering the field.

Interviews conducted by JD Davids, Olivia Ford and Charles Sanchez. Transcripts have been lightly edited for clarity.

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