So this past weekend I received my official certification to test people for and counsel people in HIV and HIV prevention methods. I'm pretty stoked. Originally I signed up for the course to have something to add to my vitae, but I really got into it and now i'm really excited. At the end of January I will go back to receive my outreach certification. This will allow me to go out into the community and test people where they are, not sit around at some health fair and wait for people to come to me. I haven't been trained in giving results. This training would allow me to become an actual counselor at one of the many HIV testing centers in the area. This is the main area of certification that I am nervous about. I can talk about risky sexual and drug practices all day. sticking swabs in peoples mouths doesn't bother me either. I just don't know if i'll get to the point that I am comfortable telling someone they have HIV. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.