Never did I ever imagine that *I* would be standing in ANYbody's conference presenting ANYthing to some nurses. And here we are. This year's Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Conference was held in Tampa, Florida, November 17-19th and what a wonderful experience this was!
I should have known by the introduction session, "Are you new to ANAC and/or HIV?" that this conference was going to be different than the other conferences that I have had the privilege to attend over the past few years. This was an early session; however it was PACKED! A room that, just by a quick glance, seemed to be so diverse and pleasant and everyone eager to see what was in store over the next few days. During this session we were informed of some of the key events that were to take place, how we could become involved in our local chapters and got to hear stories from nurses who have been involved in HIV/AIDS care since the 80s. It was such a humbling moment to realize just how far we have come in this fight, as it always is when I get the chance to hear first-hand experiences from those who lived to tell them.
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