Last week, as employers laid off their employees, I made the decision to onboard 3 who were already in the HR pipeline and had been extended offers. For the first time, we had to figure out how to do orientation and OJT by video conference and screen sharing. One of my managers asked me for specifics on how to implement the training and I said, ” I’m not going to tell you how to do it. You have the tools and you’re just going to have to figure it out for yourself and get it done. I trust you and know you can do it.” They’re getting it done I’m so proud of them. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to employ three more people and provide them with income and health benefits. And I’m looking forward to their valued contributions to the mission of ending HIV in Nashville and middle Tennessee.
Meanwhile, my team’s resourcefulness has enabled me to plan for different futures–this week, next week, next month, next quarter, next year. We’re a sexual health and wellness clinic. Our specialty is the identification, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted infectious diseases. I’ve long said the most commonly shared sexual infection is the common cold.
I do not think that quarantining will end the desire for intimacy. There’s a joke that 13 years from now, a whole generation of kids will be known as the “Quaranteens.” The AIDS epidemic didn’t kill sex, but it led to precautions. And people still needed treatment for STI because nobody sucks on a rubber.
Should you stay on PrEP? If it was a good time to get on PrEP, it’s a good time to remain on PrEP. An HIV diagnosis is easily avoided–especially when it’s at no cost to you The same goes for the rest of your sexual health. Sex is one way to deal with boredom, stay connected, or make love, but don’t share an STI if you don’t have to–let us screen and treat you and your partners for free. We’ll do it with telemedicine. Tele-labs coming soon!
And remember, every fully-insured person subsidizes the healthcare and wellness of several under-insured and uninsured members of their community.