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Lindz
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Hi, I'm part of the Stephen Lewis foundation in my school. It's a group working for AIDs Awareness and trying to help inform and end it. We are organizing a workshop for people to get informed and I remember once reading a cool idea someone had done in their school's sex ed class a while back. I searched all over to try to find the entry but I just can't find it. I had to do with each person having this cup with somethig nin it and you'd walk around the room and mixe the liquid i nyour cup. .and at the end there would be something to show how many people had contracted AIDS as one ofthe cups had had something different about it to represent AIDS.. I really don't remember it so clearly.. I'm jsut wondering if anyone else knows what the actual activity was or if you have any other ideas of what we can do. Thanks you SOO much!

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DarkChild717
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I remember doing that activity in the fifth grade, actually.

When I did it, each person was given a vial of fluid, and a number between 1 and 5. They had to share drops of this liquid with the number of people indicated by their number. (I was one of two people given 0.)

At the end, each person's vial had another fluid added. Everyone's vial turned blue or some other color, while the two of us that did not share had clear liquid.

Is that what you were asking about? I do apologize, though--I have no idea what chemicals were used to do this experiment. You might be able to talk to a chemistry teacher to find out what you can use to get the same effect.

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Lindz
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Yes, that is what I mean... Thanks for the additional explanation. I didnt' remember what the whole process was.
It's alright if yo udont' knwo the chemicals. There are many chemistry teachers in ym school who would know what to use. Once again thank you so much!

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Heather
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Just FYI?

Since AIDS isn't contagious, but rather, the HIV virus which casues it is, that activity should be done about how the transmission of HIV works, not about the acquired syndrome front it, AIDS.

So, I'd just make clear that's about HIV transmission, specifically, especially if you're working on increasing awareness, since so many people confuse the two, or assume they are one and the same.

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It's also worth looking at what messages you're conveying.

For example, the activity you describe could give the impression that HIV risk is all about how many partners someone has.

It doesn't communicate the fact that someone who practices safer sex with lots of partners has a lower risk than someone who's having unsafe sex with one partner.

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Perhaps that could be explored by a cup in a cup - your liquid is in one cup, and there's another cup inside that cup and your liquid which represents a safer sex method (condom), and the other people pour their liquid into that cup-in-a-cup, so it never mixes with your original liquid - and other people could just have the one cup with liquid in to represent unsafe sex, perhaps?
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Heather
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(I think, though, logic, that the colored cups represent someone who is HIV positive, and thus, all of whom they could infect, so it's not really about number of partners so much as how many people can be infected by one person with the virus?)

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Lindz
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Yeah.. We'll for sure explain the HIV thing.. I explained the whole thing pretty quickly. I'm acutally new in the group and so there are more informed people about it. But I see what you mean.. you guys al lbring up realyl good points. I'll talk to the group. it could bea cool idea to show the safer sex side of it also. That way we show the options of no protection, protection and abstanance. Thanks so much guys! you've all been a really big help
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(If it's any help, I think this could be done with something as simple as tap water, starch solution and iodine - starch solution and water look identical until iodine is added, which reacts with starch and changes colour as a result. I might not be right, but it would certainly be a cheap way of doing it if it worked.)
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Lindz
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If that does work then that's a great way !!! I'll check with my chem teacher to see if that will work. THANKS!
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I also remember hearing about a game where people are given condoms to carry around, and some people have cards with different STIs on them: herpes, gonorrhea, HIV, etc. If you forget to have your condom on you, and someone catches you, they can give you whichever disease they're carrying. I think by the end of the game, some people had three or four different STIs.

You could probably easily alter that game to work for just HIV - maybe in addition to condoms, players could say, try and get a tattoo to see if they ask the proper questions (do you use an autoclave and sterilized instruments, etc.)

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Lindz
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Hmm.... What exactly do you mean by "if they forget to have your condom on you" How exactly can one forget if it's clear in the exercise that you'd need one? Unless you mean that they are given the comdoms to carry over a bit of time?
Thank you very much for your input, but if possible, can you reexplain that part?

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Yes, sorry, I mean over a bit of time. I've seen this done in university dorms over about a week or so, as an STI awareness event.

Basically, you give everyone the materials at the first event, and then have a check in the next time, like 3 days - a week later, and see how everyone handled it.

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Lindz
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Oh! thanks guys for all the help. the group realyl likes the idea!
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