In many countries children are deeply affected by the problems caused by HIV and AIDS both directly and indirectly. They are affected by the loss or illness of family members, teachers and health workers. They can be affected by stigma.
Older children can learn and share basic facts about reproductive and sexual health before puberty. Children can discuss and develop skills linked to delaying sex, sexual faithfulness and using condoms. They need a chance to voice their fears and raise questions and for these to be listened to and treated seriously.
Use the tabs 1-10 above to read our Top Ten messages on HIV & AIDS for children to learn and share. Scroll down to see ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.
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CHILDREN SAY THAT WE CAN…
MAKE our own HIV & AIDS Messages using our own words in our own language!
LEARN these messages so we never forget them!
ADD these messages to our collection!
SHARE these messages with other children and our families!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN DO?
COLLECT leaflets and information about HIV & AIDS and share it with our community.
INVITE a health worker to our school to answer our questions about HIV & AIDS.
FIND ways to help children in our community who are affected by AIDS.
PLAY the lifeline game and find out about risky behaviours that could put us in contact with HIV.
PLAY true and false about ways to catch HIV.
LEARN life skills to help us talk about special friendships and our sexual feelings.
PLAY the fleet of hope and find out which safe behaviours we would choose to protect us from HIV in our special friendships.
THINK of all the difficulties someone with HIV or AIDS has to face and what we can do to help.
ROLE play having HIV and find what it might be like to be someone with HIV.
PLAY the true and false game about all the ways HIV can pass from person to person.
ASK someone who has HIV to come and talk to us about their experiences.
LISTEN to and discuss stories about people who are living with HIV and the problems they face.
WHAT CAN CHILDREN MAKE?
MAKE a quiz to find out what we know about HIV & AIDS.
START a question box in our class for our questions on HIV & AIDS.
MAKE a poster for our school about HIV & AIDS.
MAKE a play about Meena and her mum who has HIV and how Meena persuades her mum to go to the clinic to get ART (anti-retroviral therapy) medicine.
START an HIV & AIDS Action club to raise awareness in our school and with our families.
WHAT CAN CHILDREN ASK?
HOW does our immune system work?
WHAT foods help our immune system stay strong and ready for action?
WHAT is HIV and what is AIDS? What do the letters stand for?
WHAT happens when someone finds out they have HIV?
WHAT happens when someone develops AIDS?
HOW is HIV passed from person to person? How is it not? How can we protect ourselves against it?
HOW are people tested and treated for HIV?
HOW can medicines help reduce the risk of mothers passing HIV to their babies?
WHAT other viruses can make us ill?
HOW does ART (anti-retroviral therapy) work and when should someone take it?
WHEN and how our friendships become sexual relationships?
HOW to use a condom correctly?
HOW can we support our friends and family who are living with HIV stay healthy and well?
WHERE is our clinic and what kind of counselling is available for young people?
WHERE is the health centre where someone can get ART?
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ALL 10 MESSAGES…
HIV & AIDS
- Our body is amazing and every day there are special ways it protects us from getting diseases from the germs we breathe, eat, drink or touch.
- HIV is a germ called a VIRUS (the V is for VIRUS). It is an especially DANGEROUS virus that stops our body protecting itself well from other germs.
- HIV can be passed from mothers to babies. When mothers take ART it helps prevent babies getting HIV before they are born. Mothers taking ART can also prevent babies getting HIV from their breast milk.
- After time and without medicine, people with HIV develop AIDS. AIDS is a group of serious illnesses and these make the body weaker and weaker.
- HIV is invisible and lives in blood and other liquids in the body that are made during sex. HIV can be passed 1. During sex 2. From infected mothers to babies and 3. In blood.
- People protect themselves from getting HIV from sex by 1. Not having sex 2. Being in a faithful relationship or 3. By having sex using condoms (protected sex).
- You can play, share food, drink, hold hands and hug people with HIV and AIDS. It is safe and you will not catch the virus this way.
- People with HIV and AIDS sometimes feel afraid and sad. Like us, they need love and support and so do their families. They need to talk about their worries.
- To help themselves and others, people who think they may have HIV or AIDS must go to a clinic or hospital for testing and counselling.
- In most countries, people that are HIV positive get help and treatment. A medicine called ‘Anti-Retroviral Therapy’ (ART) helps them to live long lives.