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Family Life and Sexual Health, Grade 7, Lesson 21

F.L.A.S.H.

Activities

1. Set the stage. (3 minutes)

So far, in this unit, we’ve talked about ____ [whatever you have done in the last week or so]. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be talking about HIV and AIDS.

Some of you probably remember a lot from previous years’ classes . [Ask for a show of hands.] Who has had HIV/AIDS lessons before? Some of you have read a lot on the subject, or seen TV specials, or you’ve learned a lot from family members about HIV and AIDS. I hope you will share some of what you know today.

But just because you may already know some things about the disease, doesn’t mean this class will be boring or that you won’t still learn some things. I guarantee that you will. This class will be useful for everybody, regardless of whether you are male or female, gay or straight. It will be helpful even if you haven’t had a boyfriend or girlfriend yet, even if you don’t plan to have sex until you are much, much older.

Most people will need to know about HIV eventually. Maybe your best friend will have a family member with AIDS. Maybe someone at school will be infected. And besides, if you are well informed, you can act as health teachers for your friends, when they may have wrong information or unnecessary fears.

2. Present HIV Lifeline and use student worksheet to clarify basic AIDS information. (30 minutes)

Show the HIV Lifeline Transparencies, Parts 1-3. Pass out HIV Lifeline Worksheets, Parts 1-3, and ask students to write on their worksheets as you write on the transparencies.

Box #1:

Does anyone know what the letters H I V stand for?

Write on the transparency: Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

  • Human refers to people not to animals or insects. Only people can have HIV.

  • Immunodeficiency is the words “immune” and “deficiency” smashed together into a compound word.

    • Your immune system is made up of the parts of the body that fight infections

    • A deficiency is not enough of something.

    • So immunodeficiency is not enough ability to fight infection.

  • A virus is a very small kind of a germ.

PUBLIC HEALTH – SEATTLE & KING COUNTY WWW.METROKC.GOV/HEALTH/FAMPLAN/FLASH

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SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIV/AIDS REVISED 2002

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