It was almost a decade ago that I began my work in health education as a student assistant in HIV/AIDS and sexual health at my university. My job primarily entailed organising events including the annual Sexual Health Awareness Fair. My university had to be the most conservative, rural Texas, Bible-thumping in the US. And our events always balanced to include all perspectives…it is not fun trying to work on tabling maps with both Planned Parenthood and Crisis Pregnancy Centres.But it was my mentor during this year that sticks with me…Margaret M. She was an over-weight middle-aged woman with a grown son, who like me had idealistically returned to college later in life. She was like a mother (or grandmother) to these clean-cut, mostly upper middle-class young people who were often away from their home and families for the first time. But unlike most of their mother’s she spoke openly about the risks of unprotected sex. One would think it embarrassing for this woman to pull out condoms and bananas for demonstrations on the proper way to apply protection, but for Margaret it was completely natural.Of course, our jobs were not without struggles. This major US university in the heart of… Read full this story
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