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Responding to MAAS' High School HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program

Living With AIDS, cont'd.

Client #2:
Question: "What does MAAS mean to you and what does it give you?"
"MAAS provides me with an outlet to talk about issues and things that I don't feel comfortable discussing with anyone else.  Talking to your doctor is one thing, but they can't help you deal with the everyday "living" issues that HIV causes.  MAAS is a wonderful extended family to be a part of, and I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization."

Client #3:
Question: "What is it like living with AIDS?"
"Having to constantly try to remember to take my meds on time.  I try not to think about it 24 hrs. a day but when I get sick, I get very nervous.  I have to try to take care of myself more now.  It's always in the back of my mind I guess I have to admit.  It's a little scary." 
Question: "What does MAAS mean to you and what does it give you?"
"It is so nice to know others who are dealing with the same thing and to have others in my life who truly understand.  MAAS gives me that.  It is so nice to have a place where I can go and be myself because they are not afraid to be around me.  I have a lot of good friends who know but no matter how much my friends support me, it's just not the same as having someone in your life who also has it and understands for real.  MAAS is my 'Safe Place'.  It's so comforting knowing someone is always there for me."

Client #4: 

Question: "What is it like living with AIDS?"
"Living with AIDS is a different life than I ever knew before.  The first thing I have to think of and do every morn. is to take my meds. and the last thing I do before I go to bed at night is take my meds.  Meds, meds, meds all day.  Goi ng to the doctors all of the time.  Having to think about what I can and cant eat all of the time and when I have to eat to take my meds.  Blood work often.  It never ever leaves my mind.  It dominates my whole life.  Cant work any longer because I am too weak and sick.  I have full blown depression all of the time even with meds. for depression.  It takes a toll on you and your entire family.  I try not to but I constantly think about death."
Question: "What does MAAS mean to you and what does it give you?"
"MAAS gives me hope and a better outlook on life.  Hope for a better day tomorrow.  I feel so good after I go to one of the support group meetings.  And, sometimes I just dont want to go at all but I always feel so much better afterwards.  I get to meet other clients who also have it and that helps me not feel so alone.  I am going to have the chance this year to go out and meet students and talk to them about it.  That will give my life some purpose.  MAAS is my family."

Client #5: 
Question: "What is it like living with AIDS?"
"Living with AIDS is nothing but challenging.  But, because I have AIDS and because of the education I have received through MAAS, I take better care of myself than ever before.  When I worked for MAAS for a while, I saw so many clients who were so bad and it made me want to take better care of myself.  I just dont want to be the poster child of AIDS."
Question: "What does MAAS mean to you and what does it give you?"
"MAAS introduced me to other people who have AIDS.  That showed me that I am not alone in this.  There is no going back.  It is what it is.  You could hide from the world and live in pity but that's not really living.  MAAS and Judy Warren are one and the same.  They are one package.  They give you so much.  They give you acceptance.  They gave me a purpose and something to do with my life.  I came back to my faith through them."

Client #6: 
Question: "What is it like living with AIDS?"
"Living with AIDS is very enlightening on how to face your own mortality.  It never leaves my mind ever.  It shows me how delicate human life is and how no one is invincible.  And, how every choice has its consequences and some of those can even be deadly consequences.  The hardest part for me is the stigma and having to live in silence because of uneducated people who dont know what it is to deal with it."
Question: "What does MAAS mean to you and what does it give you?"
"MAAS gives me hope and confort in the fact that everyone's situation is different.  Even if I think I have it so bad, there is always someone else who has it worse.  MAAS gives me a chance to meet others with AIDS and that gives me hope when you see others who have lived with it for so long and are still doing pretty good.  MAAS has shown me that AIDS does not have to be a death sentence.  MAAS is my family in a way.  Judy gives me a sense of having a Mother to talk to since I dont have a real one to turn to.  My real Mother shunned me when she found out I had AIDS.  With MAAS I have others to turn to who also have it who truly understand.  I know I'm not alone."