HIV and AIDS
1. Explore how HIV and AIDS affect their lives and the lives of their peers, now and in the future.
2. Learn basic information about HIV and AIDS.
3. Understand which sexual and non-sexual behaviors have no risk, some risk, and high risk of transmitting HIV.
AIDS has touched many high-risk teens in some way. Someone in their neighborhood is sick. A friend’s brother died. A family member is infected. Even so, many young people do not see themselves as “at risk.” They may hear a lot about HIV and AIDS, but much of what they hear and believe is misinformation. They tend to focus on “what if” situations that are low-risk and avoid addressing the high-risk behaviors in which many of them are engaged. This lesson attempts to break through their denial about HIV and AIDS by exploring how it affects young peoples’ lives now and in the future. In addition to basic information about HIV and AIDS, it examines the relative risk of various behaviors in which many young people engage.