Are your kids aware of HIV and AIDS? Did you
speak to your kids about it? Here is how you can start spreading HIV and AIDS
awareness right from your home by educating your kids about what are they and
how to prevent acquiring them.
A large number of AIDS deaths (Acquired
Immunodeficiency Syndrome) are caused due to ignorance. Therefore, educating
kids about AIDS
prevention is extremely important. Let us have a look at the important things
which parents can tell their kids about HIV and AIDS and their prevention.
Kids Should Know About HIV and AIDS
Here are the important things which parents must
tell their kids to make them aware of AIDS prevention.
is HIV Virus and AIDS?
The HIV virus is a virus which completely destroys
the immune system of the human body leading to AIDS. AIDS is the later stage of
HIV infection. At this stage the immune system is completely destroyed which
leads to death.
is the Full Form of HIV and AIDS?
The full form of HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus
and AIDS is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Anyone Acquire AIDS?
If any person is exposed to the common transmitters (explained
in detail below) of this virus knowingly, unknowingly or accidently he or she can
get affected with AIDS through HIV infection.
Does a Person Come to Know if He Has AIDS?
Anybody can take an AIDS test through a Government
Hospital anytime to find out if he or she has AIDS. The results of which are
kept completely secret by the Government Hospitals.
is HIV Positive or (HIV+)?
A person who has undergone an HIV test and is found
to show the signs of HIV virus is known as an HIV positive or (HIV+) person.
is HIV Negative or (HIV-)?
A person who has undergone an HIV test and is not
found to show the signs of HIV virus is known as an HIV negative or (HIV-)
In the first place it is very important to educate
kids about how and why
exactly do AIDS patients die. Kids should know the
fact that the HIV virus weakens the immune system of the body to such a great
extent that it fails to fight germs which leads to AIDS and subsequently the
The Common Myths About HIV Infection
Kids should also be
aware of the common myths about HIV infection. They should be aware that HIV
virus does not spread by touching, kissing on the cheeks, mosquito bites, hugging,
handshake, sitting with the affected
person, sharing utensils or working with the affected person.
is HIV Virus Commonly Transmitted?
The HIV virus can be transmitted through the bodily fluids
and things like breastmilk, semen, blood, vaginal fluids, using pre-used of
needles, using pre-used syringes, using pre-used blades or razors, using blades
used by aids affected person
What are the Uncommon Means of Transmission
of HIV Virus?
viruses can be transmitted through some uncommon means like eating the food
which has already been chewed by an HIV infected person, reusing the tattooing
needle, transmission of blood of HIV infected person to another person through
an unexpected or unknown cut or injury, using a toothbrush of an HIV infected
person or if cuts and breaks in skin come in contact with the HIV infected
How to Prevent HIV infection?
It is very simple to make kids understand the
precautions which should be taken to prevent HIV infection. Help them to imbibe a habit of asking for a new blade for
shaving or cutting hair during each saloon visit. Teach them to ask for disposable
needles or syringes whenever they are taking shots or during blood transfusion. And most important is to make them aware of
all the facts and myths about AIDS and HIV infection.
Before educating your
kids about HIV and AIDS you as a parent also need to get all your facts cleared
about them. If you have any doubt, you can visit the local AIDS Counselling
Centers or Government hospitals for the clarification of your doubts.
So, let us not keep
our regimen of spreading HIV and AIDS awareness only for the World AIDS Day.
Let us start from our home and with our kids, educate them about HIV and AIDS
prevention and stick the motto “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero
discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”.
As HIV and AIDS are also sexually transmitted, you also need to ensure that your kids are aware of it.
Usually, you can make your kids aware of this fact while imparting sex
education that AIDS virus can be transmitted through a sexual intercourse (even
incomplete) with AIDS affected person as well. The education that HIV
and AIDS viruses can be transmitted through a sexual intercourse (even
incomplete) with HIV and AIDS affected person as well is also necessary.