By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the basic facts about HIV and AIDS and safer sex.
2. Describe how they would feel if they found out they had been exposed to HIV.
3. Describe the basic steps for getting tested.
Too often HIV and AIDS education is “t-cell” education. It focuses on body fluids and opportunistic infections rather than the knowledge, attitudes and skills teens need to protect themselves from HIV infection. While many teens know the basic “AIDS 101” information, they may not believe that HIV and AIDS affect them and they may continue risky behaviors. This lesson begins with a powerful exercise to help participants relate to the possibility of being exposed to HIV, before proceeding with key facts about HIV and AIDS. The lesson concludes with a review of the important steps needed for getting tested and seeking treatment, if needed.