Lessons Learned: Perspectives of an HIV Counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic
“The test came back positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.” A statement that can be so massive, filling up the room, suffocating everyone in it. A statement that holds no meaning to someone else; a collection of empty words that disappear into thin air as soon as they are heard. A statement I shared with ten individuals during the time I worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a HIV counselor. The Berkeley Free Clinic has been providing patient-centered, accessible healthcare for close to 50 years. It is run by students, community volunteers, and physicians who believe health should be a basic human right and available to all communities.