The Importance of Learning Spanish

Today David went into the community clinic to get his tetanus shot for the cat bite he received at the Spay/Neuter clinic. He’d never been there before so they had a lot of background questions. The nurse tried to ask him questions in English. What David THOUGHT they asked was something like: Are you male? Have you ever been female? So he answered “Yes, I am a male. No, I’ve always been male. He thought the questions were weird and he didn’t understand the them completely.
However, it dawned on him that they were asking about sex and HIV. What they REALLY asked was: “Have you ever had sex with males? Have you ever had sex with a female? Unfortunately, his answer was interpreted as “Yes, male, always male”.

I am certain you can still hear the laughter from the clinic.

living in Panama

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