Monday, January 09, 2006

Think your job sucks? Imagine being this guy

Luis Hernandez works for the City of San Francisco's Department of Public Health. He spends his day calling the sexual partners of HIV-positive individuals to notify them that they may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.

How do you end a phone call like that? "Have a nice day" just wouldn't cut it.

And can you imagine the conversation at Luis's dinner table?
"What did you do today, honey?"
"Not much. Told a couple of dozen people they may have contracted an incurable disease. How about you?"
I'm grateful that Luis is on the job, along with others who do the kind of work he does. I'm sure the people he serves are (eventually) grateful also.

But man... that's gotta get old in a hurry.

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