The Vermont Connection


Often, when an article is written, it implies a certain level of expertise on the part of the author. I do not know if one can ever be an expert on supporting friends, family members, and students living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This article is not a declaration of finite practices of being an ally to these individuals. Rather, it draws from personal reflection, public health research, and student affairs theory to make sense of a personal journey where HIV/AIDS has touched nearly every aspect of my life: family, friends, colleagues, and students. This article asks the reader to examine their personal connections, experiences, perceptions and biases of students living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those who are newly diagnosed, in order to be better prepared and informed friends, colleagues, and student affairs practitioners to those living with the disease.