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HIV and AIDS? Spread the knowledge not the virus!
Information

Participants will gain knowledge about HIV/AIDS, the history of its demonisation, learn how to protect themselves and get clarifications about related urban myths.

Requirements

1 hour/ 1 hour and a half

a room

up to 30 participants in groups of 5

Flipcharts (¾) and markers 

Cards with questions → Kahoot could be used as well for a more digital version of the activity 

Mobile phones

Activities step by step
Step 1:
10 Minutes

The participants are divided in small groups and receive cards with 4-8 questions -should be as tricky as possible- and are asked to write their collective answers (one per group) on the back of each card.

Examples:

- Is there any difference between HIV and AIDS?

- How does HIV become AIDS? 

- Can you get HIV from kissing someone? And from having oral sex?

- Does this STD affect gay cis man only?

- How can one prevent getting HIV?

- How many people contract the virus per year in your country?

...

Step 2:
15 Minutes

The groups get time to exchange and discuss their answers and should motivate them. No suggestions are allowed to be given by the activity leaders during this step.

Step 3:
15 Minutes

The right answers are shared by the activity leaders, together with detailed scientific knowledge about HIV and how not to get infected. The difference between AIDS and HIV must be clear now.

Step 4:
10 Minutes

The group does a brainstorm of some famous people who contracted and died of AIDS. The facilitators should decide whether they could look it up online too or not.

Participants are free to talk about their story and how they think their death changed the mass media impact of the virus on the public opinion.

One activity leader draws/shows a timeline on some flipcharts with crucial events that explain the story of the virus and its demonization through history (crucial events) +  the brainstormed celebrities are inserted in the timeline

Step 5:
10 Minutes
The outcomes on the social aspect of the STD are written down on a flipchart next to the timeline.
Step 6:
15 Minutes

The facilitators sum up the most common medications available in their country and the actual efficiency of the treatments. Dates of the discovery of those drugs could get added on the timeline. 

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