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Family Life and Sexual Health, Grade 7, Lesson 21

F.L.A.S.H.

gets one of a long list of speci ic diseases and conditions, or if the number of T-cells in his blood drops so low that it is clear he will get sick soon, his HIV-infection is called “AIDS.”

Write on the transparency: 24 and AIDS

Box #9

Does anyone know what the letters A I D S stand for?

Write on the transparency: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

  • To acquire is to get or catch. HIV is something that you can only get from someone who has the infection. It’s not in your genes.

  • Immune refers to your immune system (the parts of the body that fight infections.)

  • Deficiency is not enough of something.

  • A syndrome is a collection of symptoms (what people fee ) and signs (what can be seen or measured – like a temperature).

So AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection when HIV (a virus that you get from other people) has destroyed so much of your immune system that it doesn’t have the ability to fight infections and you start to have a variety of signs and symptoms.

Box #10

Now Student X has AIDS. He goes in and out of the hospital multiple times. First, he gets pneumonia and goes into the hospital while the doctors treat the pneumonia. Then when he is over the pneumonia, he goes home. Then a few months later, he gets a serious eye infection goes back into the hospital. Then he gets better again. And so on.

Finally, he will probably die from something his body can no longer fight off. The average person, once they get diagnosed as having AIDS, lives another three years or so. But that is just an average. Student X might live longer. He might die sooner. As far as we know, everybody who gets HIV will eventually get sick enough that we consider them to have AIDS and die from something their body can no longer fight off … unless of course they happen to pass away first by getting hit by a car or whatever.

Write on the transparency: 10 to 12.

Show the transparency, HIV Lifeline, Part 3.

Box #11

Okay, that was a lifeline of someone who had HIV and did not get treatment. 90% of the HIV/AIDS cases in the world are in developing countries where quality treatment is not available or in parts of the United States where people can’t afford treatment.

Let's talk about how treatment affects the life of someone with HIV. As we said earlier, on average a person with HIV would be in the asymptomatic phase—where they feel healthy and don’t have any symptoms—for about 10 or 12 years. If Student X is taking effective HIV

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SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIV/AIDS REVISED 2002

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