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JAWS HIV/AIDS Reader: I am HIV Positive
Lindiwe is HIV positive, but what does that mean? What does it feel like? Is her life different now? Can she still be our friend? Lindiwe explains in simple terms what a virus is, how it makes us sick, how to avoid it, how to stay well as long as possible, and how she is still just an ordinary kid, and of course they can all still be friends! This JAWS HIV/AIDS reader can be used to help teachers introduce subject matter that is difficult to manage in the classroom and conveys both basic information about HIV/AIDS, and the psycho-social dimensions of the pandemic affecting learners’ lives.
Teacher should use this story for life orientation, health, citizenship or cultural studies lessons, or as reader in English class. The story looks at the basic facts of HIV/AIDS through the eyes of a child. It explains in the simplest terms transmission, infection and the do’s and don’ts of prevention. It looks at practical ways of caring and coping. Young adults are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS than anyone else. Lindiwe’s explanation should empower learners to lower the risk of getting sick and increase their resilience to the virus. This is one of the JAWS HIV/AIDS readers developed for primary school learners. The story conveys both the basic information about HIV/AIDS (health promotion) and the subtle psycho-social dimensions of the pandemic affecting learners’ lives (personal and social development). It can be used as a reader, or to help teachers introduce subject matter that is difficult to manage in the classroom.
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