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Lesson and Activity Plans: Attitudes to HIV & AIDS

This page describes two activities: 'Ten Differences' and 'Talking about Prejudice', which help group members learn about and understand different attitudes to HIV and AIDS.

Ten Differences

Aims

This exercise encourages individuals to think clearly about the effects of prejudice on other people's lives.

What you will need

Chairs in a circle.

Copies of the 'Build a Character Questionnaire' - allow for one between 4 or 5 people. Paper and pens for each group member.

Time: about 60 minutes, depending on the size of the group.

What you do

  1. Ask participants to divide into groups of 4 or 5. Hand out pens and one 'Build a Character Questionnaire' to each group.
  2. Ask groups to complete the questionnaire, thus building a character. Allow about 10 minutes for this.
  3. Ask the small groups to imagine that their character is infected with HIV and to list 10 ways in which life will be different for the character because of this. Allow 10-15 minutes for this.
  4. Reassemble the group as a whole and ask each individual to say briefly whether anything unexpected occurred to them and how they felt whilst doing this exercise.

Likely outcomes

This exercise sparks off lively discussion about prejudice. It can help identify any prejudiced beliefs which the group find it hard to let go of, and which require more thought and discussion.

Build a character questionnaire

  1. Name: ………………………………
  2. Age: ………………………………
  3. Male/Female (Circle)
  4. Who does ………………………….live with? (Parents, relations, other adults, other young people)
  5. Who are …………………………..friends? …………………………………………………………………………….
  6. Does …………………………… have a girl/boy friend? Yes/No (Circle).
  7. If yes what is their name?………………………………………
  8. Does ………………………………………… have a job? Yes/No (Circle)
  9. If so what is it doing? ……………………………………………..
  10. What does ……………………………………do during leisure time? (Sport, clubs, visit friends, listen to music, spend time with family) ………………………………………………………………………….
  11. What is ………………………,
  12. favourite music ……………………………………………,
  13. favourite food ……………………………………………,
  14. favourite TV programme ……………………………………….

Talking about Prejudice

Aims

To encourage thought and discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. To examine the scapegoating of different minority groups and negative reactions towards HIV and AIDS.

What you will need

Large sheets of paper and pens.

Time: about 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of the group.

What you do

  1. Ask the participants to divide into groups of four or five and give each group a large piece of paper and some pens.
  2. Each group should then be asked to write a word in the centre of the paper. Half of the groups should write the word 'Prejudice' and the other half the word 'AIDS'.
  3. The groups are then asked to brainstorm as many words as they can which they associate with the title word. These words should be written in clusters around the title word.
  4. Bring the whole group back together. Those groups who were allocated the word 'AIDS' should go through the words they came up with during their brainstorm. These words should be written up clearly for all the participants to see. When this is completed, the process should be repeated for the word 'Prejudice'.
  5. Encourage the participants to look for any similarities and draw parallels between the two lists. Useful questions to pose might include:
    • What stereotypes do people associate with HIV and AIDS and prejudice against different groups?
    • What media reporting do people find helpful and unhelpful?
    • Which groups are most likely to experience prejudice?
    • How are countries in other parts of the world portrayed in reports on HIV and AIDS?
    • What role does prejudice play in talking about HIV and AIDS?

Likely outcomes

The participants may come up with words such as 'stereotypes', 'media', and 'racism'. With the facilitator's help participants will begin to draw parallels between some processes which underpin beliefs about HIV and AIDS, and prejudice.

 

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