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Finding purpose and perspective through health and health care

Sometimes a person discovers their true path in life after a single event leaves a lasting impression.

This is true for Jason Dictson B.S.N.’18 – he didn’t always want to be a nurse. But at the age of 25, he learned that he was HIV positive. It made him examine his goals and where he ultimately wanted to be.

The care he received from nurses after receiving his diagnosis made him want to give back. Read to learn more about Dictson’s story of how he came to Duke and how he wants to serve HIV patients and those in the LGBTQ community

“It was easier for me at the time I found out because I had a lot of drive in my life, and I wasn’t going to let that diagnosis get in my way,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘I’ve got all these goals, and I have to move forward with life.’”