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3/19/19  1:42 pm
Commenter: Edna Gorman Independent Voter

Counselors banned from talking about AIDS in early 1980's

When I was a Probation & Parole Counselor in the 1980's & 1990's, I had many clients who were HIV/AIDS positive, many very sick & some dying. However the Virginia Dept. of Corrections banned us from discussing anything with them about their disease, writing it down in their file or Presentence Report, or even acknowledge they were suffering  & dying of something that was definitely  primary in their lives. We could talk & take notes  etc. about those that had cancer, heart problems etc. etc. but not HIV/AIDS.  How can anyone counsel their clients with bans on what they can be talked about? I had a young women who had three children under the age of 7 who was dying!! We were to treat her in an nondescript way. How unfortunate!! By the way, she died under my supervision.  Counsel's mouths, expertise, & knowledge should not be restricted. All information should be available for the client to decide. We care about them & want them to succeed. That is why we choose this profession.

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