By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager
Did you know that 50,000 people become newly infected with HIV each year? Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that prevention efforts have helped keep the infection rate stable recently, continued growth in the number of people living with HIV may lead to more new infections unless prevention efforts, like the recognition of World AIDS Awareness Day on December 1 each year, continue. Keep reading to learn how you can recognize this important day in your classroom.
Established in 1998 by the World Health Organization, World AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year to help educate people around the world about HIV and AIDS. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” Realityworks is proud to be helping educate youth regarding the prevention of AIDS through our Healthy Choices Sex Education Program and the lessons in it that focus on HIV and AIDS. Both our high school and middle school curriculum contain age-appropriate activities and information about this important health topic.
To help educators recognize World Aids Awareness Day in their classrooms, we’ve made two tools from our sex education curriculum available in this post: an STI/STD and HIV Fact Sheet from our high school curriculum, Healthy Choices: Sexuality, Relationships and Family Planning, and an HIV & AIDS slide presentation. Both of these tools can be used in family and consumer sciences classrooms, health classrooms, teen pregnancy prevention programs and more to educate students on the prevention of AIDS.
For fact sheets, webinars, videos and other free resources, visit the World AIDS Awareness Day website here. We hope you’ll find these resources helpful and relevant as we work together to achieve an AIDs-free generation!
How are you recognizing World AIDS Awareness Day in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comments!