It’s Not Who You Are But What You Do
By Tina Robie and Anne Matsui
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how assumptions about people based on their appearance, employment, ethnic background or sexual orientation may prevent knowing the truth about them.
2. Describe how inaccurate assumptions about a partner can put a person at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Based on our previous experiences, prejudices and stereotypes, each of us makes assumptions about each person we meet. Some judgments can be dangerous, especially if one jumps to conclusions about a potential sexual partner. Common assumptions that may preclude thoughtful evaluation of a partner include: people who are “nice” and “clean” do not have sexually transmitted infections; only people who are gay and/or injecting drug users are infected with HIV; if a person looks healthy, s/he is healthy. This lesson uses the old TV game “To Tell the Truth” to help participants see how assumptions may hide the truth.