Feb 7, 2011


Hey guys, I don't have HIV!

Russia has the world's highest growth rate of HIV. Lots of people don't know that, but you're not one of them. In order to receive certain types of visas (including the second work visa I'll apply for in March, when my first visa expires...), a foreigner needs to have official documentation that he or she is HIV-negative. I called a testing center back in Illinois, and the whole process took about 30 minutes from phone call to band-aid. The only remarkable part of the experience, I think, was the tone of the guy scheduling my appointment. He was much more somber about the whole affair than I would have liked. When I called, I didn't think I had HIV, but by the time I got off the phone, I wasn't so sure. Mostly, it was how he signed off. Instead of "good bye" or "thank you," I got "good luck."

Before that point, I preferred to think it wasn't about luck, but anyway, I got lucky.

For some reason Blogger doesn't like my image, but I found if you hit 'refresh' a few times it may work.

Some of these mini-entries today will introduce ongoing themes for the blog, stories that will probably develop over the course of the semester (i.e. waiting on word from grad schools). I'm hoping that this particular story does not develop over the course of the semester. Read on.

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