My wife and I volunteer at clinics where people are not able to afford any medical care. They do not have to pay anything for the treatment they receive. After we finish or degree's I hope to be able to join teams that travel to South America 2 or 3 times a year to help people. Anyway back to where I was going with this..... Something you have to place in the back of your head when working with blood and other body fluids is that the people you are working on might have something that can be passed onto you and then brought home to your family and/or friends. I can tell you that at the end of the day my wife jokes around with how clean I try to be before heading home.. she calls me Mr. Monk (its a tv show for those that dont know). Most the people you see are in very poor shape and have lived a hard life. I just don't give it much thought when I'm working. Today was different. We had two patients come in. One woman had little kids. She was fairly attractive and the kids were nice looking kids. When I opened her chart I noticed she was HIV+. It really broke my heart to see that this woman had HIV; not because of the fact that she was HIV+, but for her kids. I dont always double gloove when working with patients. But I always do when they have HIV/AIDS, Hep A,B,C. etc... I dont want my kids to catch this stuff. Anyway I just kept thinking about my own kids when I was there. When my wife and I drove home we talked about it. On one hand it felt really good to be able to help her, but on the other you cant help but think about her poor kids. I hope they live a long and healthy life. Anyway I have to say that I am a little bummed about the whole thing. The other hits a little closer to some of our single cruiserheads. I went out to get the next patient. I called her name and a very attractive blonde stands up. Ya I have to say she would be a girl any young kid would want to get their hands on. She was not someone we expected to see. Like I said the majority of the people are very poor and cant afford anything. So I seat her and go over her chart.... YEP she is HIV+. The moral of the story.... Well Im not here trying to preachare now . We just wanted to say there are lots of HIV+ people out there that look absolutely normal. Ive had patients that are now into AIDs and they look somewhat normal and you wouldnt think they were infected. We just wanted to say be carefull. Protect yourself and your loved ones.