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Semana de Línguas 2008 (Language Week 2008)

Eu decidi a participar em A Semana de Línguas 2008. É um meme para escrever seu blog em uma língua estrangeira para cada dia essa semana. Para segunda-feira, eu vou escrever em português. Vou escrever a tradução abaixo em inglês. Eu sei que há pouca gente que entender português!

I have decided to participate in Language Week 2008. This is a meme to write your blog in a foreign language every day for a week. For Monday, I am going to write in Portuguese. I will write the translation below in English. I know that few people understand Portuguese!

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Do you know your audience?

I had a conversation with one of the staff psychologists about the government assistance available to people who live with HIV in Argentina. Everyone who has HIV in Argentina receives free treatment either directly through the government or through their insurer. We talked about how useless free treatment is if the patients are worried about more pressing concerns such as where they will get their next meal from. Continue reading

National HIV Testing Day

Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day. The object of creating this day was just to encourage people to know their HIV status. I have taken an HIV test; it is easy, quick and painless. One mouth swab and 20 minutes later, you know your HIV status. No needles and a short 20 minute wait…what is stopping you?

In the United States, HIV has a disproportionate impact on African Americans; although African Americans form 12 percent of the country’s population, they comprise 49 percent of diagnosed HIV cases. The epidemic is spreading fastest among young African American and Hispanic women. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 180,000 to 280,000 people could be infected with HIV and NOT KNOW. I personally don’t want to become another statistic. I know that it is easy to feel invincible with regard to your health when you are in your 20s. In this case, knowledge really is power. Knowing your HIV status allows to make plans to maintain your health.

If you are interested, you can learn about local campaign events for National HIV Testing Day.

Ignorance is bliss…maybe

One of the less frequent visitors came by the center for the first time in several months. She is a 29 year mother with three kids and an alcoholic, abusive husband. She was diagnosed in 2004 and the results from her analysis have always been normal but always at the lowest end of the range. She has seen four of the doctors at the clinic who have all told her that she should start treatment so that she can continue to stay healthy. She avoids starting treatment because living in denial feels safer and allows her to put off making serious decisions about her life. Continue reading

Is mandatory service an oxymoron?

During the last week, I have worked on tweaking my project include more community involvement. While talking with my boss, one of the ideas that I proposed was working with students from the national university in La Plata through internship opportunities at the clinic. There is clearly an academic interest for a partnership between the university and the clinic as they are a variety of disciplines that could have something to contribute. The first concern that I had about such a partnership is the the university would compel students to participate as a requirement rather then an opportunity that they could pursue. Continue reading