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Changing direction

Posted by Philip on 6 July 2014, 12:50 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

As of tomorrow, 7 July, I'll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.

My surprise was two-fold. Firstly, while I've had heaps of experience in communications I've had no formal training. Secondly, I'm fairly long in the tooth to be taking up an entry-level position. So while I felt confident to fulfil the role, I didn't think I'd fit the role profile.

I obviously did though. And that leads to another aspect of my surprise, which is strongly linked to trust. At the beginning of the year I decided to let myself be guided towards where I was needed. I thought it would come in the form of a new client, but it manifested in a completely unexpected way. Not only a completely different content area, but a different role (employment not consultant) and, actually, a whole different lifestyle (I'll be working at the Foundation's offices).

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HIV, AIDS, nature and humanity

Posted by Philip on 23 November 2012, 12:05 pm in , , , , ,

Disclaimer: The following post is my opinion and does not attempt to represent common views on the subject of HIV and AIDS. References to dates, facts or anything else concerning the AIDS epidemic have not been properly researched so may be incorrect. Feel free to offer corrections in the comments box. 

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Nature is often inexpicable in her conduct. Who would have thought that, suddenly, sometime prior to 1981, a virus that developed in non-human primates would be transferred to humans and begin to infect and kill us through at least two of the most pleasurable activities known to us — sex and recreational intravenous drug use.

But if Nature is strange, humans are stranger. When the virus and related symptoms were first clinically observed, we quickly sought to find a name that implicated people who were affected. According to Wikipedia,

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Choice to die vs right to live polarised

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 February 2010, 7:08 am in , , ,

The revelation that BBC presenter Ray Gosling killed his lover who was in the final stages of AIDS 20 years ago has ignited claims by disability activists that the British media is promoting mercy killing.

In her blog, Disabled People Fight Back, Clair Lewis warns:

"...the British media are determined, in the main, to promote the acceptability of killing sick and disabled people. The Independent has been the only newspaper with anything like balance in it's comment. Mostly, killers have been lauded as heroes and victims. Ray Gosling is the latest example in a busy month of it and my fingers are getting sore from complaining."

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HIV tango takes two – let's toughen up on responsibility and prevention

Posted by Philip Patston on 24 June 2009, 6:20 pm in , , , , , , ,

The question I'm asking myself, as I read that another 13 people have come forward saying they had unsafe sex with Glenn Richard Albert Mills, accused of deliberately infecting young men and at least one young woman with HIV, is: Why the hell are people still having unsafe sex with strangers?

Without in any way condoning Mills' actions, lesser still his intent, I can't get it out of my head that, somehow, anyone who is naive enough to have unprotected sex with someone they hardly know these days has denial problems. Either that or kids are leaving school never having heard of HIV and AIDS, in which case, schools need a severe bollocking.

AIDS is coming up for its 30th anniversary – that's nearly two generations. No one should even be thinking "sex" without "potential death if unprotected" anymore. Should they? Everyone should know by now that you can't trust even the most trust-worthy of tricks because they themselves might not know they're infected. Shouldn't they?

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