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Welcome to Positive?
Awareness of and attitudes to HIV.


We hope this highly accessible teaching and learning tool will challenge you, engage you, and empower you. By working through the different sections of the website, on your own, with friends or under the direction of your teacher, you will deepen your understanding of the facts about HIV whilst increasing your awareness of its social impact.

This interactive website provides you with a lots of information, interviews and activities that will help you to understand more about HIV. The website has been developed to enable you to construct your own campaign to raise awareness, increase understanding and reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.

As you work through different sections, you will come across a range of media assets such as written text, graphs/charts, still images, video and audio files. Some of these are available to download from the RESOURCES section of the site for you to include in your own campaign about HIV and the issues surrounding it.

As well as learning about HIV for yourself, you will also use your knowledge and understanding to develop an original campaign to advocate for people with HIV. As you work through the various activities, remember to think about which information would work well in raising awareness about key issues related to HIV.

The skills you will acquire as you work through different aspects of this resource are transferable. That means that when you have learned how to build an awareness-raising campaign about HIV, you can use some of the same skills to influence people about other things you feel strongly about.

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Talk through the following questions with a friend. Try to be as honest as possible and be ready to feed back your ideas to others.

  • Do I hold stereotypes about people living with HIV? Where did I learn those attitudes?

  • How would I feel if I learned that someone in my family was HIV positive?

  • How do I view people who pay to have sex, and how do I view those who sell sex to them? Do I think of them similarly or differently, and on what basis have I formed my attitudes?

  • What are my attitudes towards some of the groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to HIV such as men who have sex with men, certain African communities, injecting drug users and sex workers?

  • What responsibility, if any, do I have to defend the dignity and rights of HIV-positive people?

  • Do I have any responsibility to get an HIV test myself?

  • If I am HIV positive, do I have a responsibility to tell my partners, even if we are practising safer sex and or using condoms?

  • What questions do I want to ask about HIV?

As you work through Positive? you will find answers to some of these questions and you might change your mind about certain opinions. Go on, find out more…

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