by Alethea Thompson
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I also get the opportunity to tag team with some of the other educators from Planned Parenthood whom I consider some of the best educators in the State of New Jersey. Not only that, but I have met and been in workshops and learned from the greatest sexual health educators from throughout the nation. My job has so many different components – tabling at a health fair, having a one-on-one with a client, giving risk-reduction methods and information, street outreach, giving out condoms and preventative information when it comes to sexual health and breast health care. My job is fulfilling because I know I help prevent people from getting HIV/STDs and avoid unwanted pregnancies. I have a feeling of accomplishment and self worth. I listen to people and I care. This is my dream job and no session/program/health fair is ever the same. I’m not saying my job isn’t challenging at times, because it is. I take my job very seriously because the HIV/AIDs epidemic is also serious.
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