This 20th International AIDS Conference is far more complex than I expected it would be. It’s been overwhelming to take it all in, and it’s my challenge now to chew it up and spit it back out with meaning. Coming into the week, I knew I had a lot to learn. I knew that my familiar context was far removed from the event that I was headed to. But I had no idea just how narrow my perspective of HIV/AIDS was. I swear I’m not just being dramatic when I say that my mind has been blown.
My capacity to understand scientific lingo has been exceeded.
The little I learned in nursing school about the mechanism and action of retroviruses has felt like not nearly enough.
My limits of extending compassion to every child of God have been pushed.
And probably most difficultly, I have realized that I need not see…
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