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Family Life and Sexual Health, Grade 7, Lesson 21

F.L.A.S.H.

treatment, he could stay healthy (unless he has side effects from the drug) for much longer. We’re not sure how long because the medicines are so new. The pills don't seem to help everyone, but they have helped a lot of people. Largely because of these treatments, more people with HIV are living longer.

Write on the transparency: Longer

Box #12

If Student X started taking effective treatment, his life would be very different. He would now have to take a lot of pills everyday -- up to 30 or more. If he skipped any, or took them at the wrong times, they might not work.

Sometimes the pills cause side effects, so even though HIV is not destroying Student X’s immune system as quickly, the pills may give him nausea, diarrhea, even diabetes or high blood pressure.

And the pills don't seem to help everyone. Some people take them and HIV continues to be strong in their body.

The pills also cost a lot of money. If Student X has insurance, his insurance might pay for all or most of the cost of the pills. If he doesn’t have insurance, in Washington State, the government provides HIV treatment for people who can’t afford it. But not all states are as generous or interested in public health.

Write on the transparency: Lots of pills, Pills can make people sick, Pills don’t work for everyone, and Pills cost a lot of money.

Box #13

Let’s rewind and go back to the day that Student X got infected. We want to keep Student X safe.

Write on the transparency: Safe.

Box #14

Student X got infected by having unprotected sex with a person who had HIV. What could Student X have done differently to protect himself from HIV?

He could have chosen to not have sex. Another word for that is abstinence. Abstinence” is a fancy word for choosing not to do something. People sometimes decide to abstain from all kinds of things: chocolate, cigarettes, sex, TV, meat and so forth. When people decide to abstain from something, it may be a temporary or long-term decision. So sexual abstinence means choosing not to have sex.

Write on the transparency: Abstinence.

Student X also could have chosen to practice monogamy. Monogamy is when two people have sex ONLY with each other. If both people have been tested and know that they are

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