I love writing my blog and truly enjoy the global aspect that it brings. It has helped me grow more comfortable and accepting of my status. Through this experience, I’ve been searching for a way to get involved locally. I’ve reached out on several occasions to a local AIDS Service Organization only to be ignored each time. I don’t know if they truly have no need for additional volunteers, or I simply didn’t meet their needs by being female.
While sitting in my doctor’s office for a routine appointment, I saw a pamphlet for the Community Advisory Board of The Ohio State University AIDS Clinical Trial Unit. I contacted them via email and was surprised to hear back from them almost immediately. The coordinator expressed enthusiasm to have me join their group and welcomed me with open arms. I’ve now attended a couple of meetings and absolutely adore the people involved!
The Community Advisory Board reviews proposed HIV/AIDS clinical trials and provides input. I like to think of it as providing my opinion in a non-scientific approach. For example, I think about whether the study would be beneficial as a whole or would anything about this study deter me (or anyone else) from participating. I’m naturally pretty geeky (I love learning and educating myself in any way possible) but this really is fascinating. I’m thrilled about this opportunity and grateful for the people involved.