HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop
After participating in this workshop, students will be able to:
- Describe the two most common ways teens get HIV/AIDS
- Identify at least three behaviors that will not put a person at risk for HIV infection
- Name two strategies for reducing the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS
- Describe the 10 steps to using a condom correctly
- Articulate three ways HIV/AIDS can have an impact on one’s life
Take Home Messages
Advances in medicine have led to the mistaken idea that HIV is a chronic condition that can be managed easily or cured with the use of these medications. As a result, HIV/AIDS education has diminished in the U.S. over the past several years leading to an increase in new infections among teens.
This workshop is designed to provide students with detailed information about HIV transmission and risk reduction skills.
While conducting this workshop, peer educators should keep in mind the major messages for participants to take home:
- People do not become infected with HIV through casual contact. HIV infection takes place when the HIV-infected body fluids find their way into the bloodstream of an uninfected person, through unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, or anal), through sharing needles to inject drugs or other fluids, or perinatally, from an HIV-infected mother to her child.
- Correct and consistent condom use is very effective in reducing the risk of HIV transmission.
- While there are medications to keep people alive longer, there is no cure for HIV. Becoming infected with HIV will have a dramatic impact on one’s life.
- The only 100% effective strategy for preventing HIV infection is sexual abstinence and not sharing needles to inject drugs or other fluids.