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AIDS Awareness Activity
HIV/AIDS Myths or Facts

PURPOSE:  A simple, effective game for people to play by themselves or with a small group to help them think about what they already know and believe about HIV/AIDS.

DURATION:  15 - 20 Minutes depending on the knowledge of HIV/AIDS with the individual or group.

TRY IT !:  Challenge your mind to see if your knowledge about HIV/AIDS is either a Fact or Myth.

TO BEGIN: Click this

Statement #1

HIV can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #2

HIV antibody tests should be made compulsory for everyone.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #3

You could get HIV by having a blood transfusion.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #4

Injecting drugs users can get HIV by sharing needles and syringes.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #5

Living in the same household as someone with the virus can be risky.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #6

There are pleasurable and safe alternatives to penetrative sex.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #7

In this country, Factor 8 for haemophiliacs is now heat treated to kill HIV.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #8

AIDS mostly affects gay men.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #9

HIV can be transmitted by mosquitoes and head-lice.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #10

A mother who is HIV antibody positive can pass the virus on to her unborn child.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #11

Using a condom during sexual intercourse provides some protection against transmission of HIV.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #12

Unprotected anal intercourse is a high risk activity.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #13

A mother who is HIV antibody positive could pass the virus on to her child through breast milk.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #14

Nursing a person with HIV or AIDS does not put you at high risk of HIV infection.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #15

Having a centre for people with AIDS in your area puts the community at risk.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #16

You can catch HIV by holding hands and hugging.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #17

HIV can be transmitted through tears and sweat.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #18

You cannot get HIV by donating blood.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #19

You cannot get HIV by sharing a cup or glass with someone who is HIV antibody positive.

FACT
MYTH

Statement #20

You cannot get HIV from professional ear-piercing and tattooing.

FACT
MYTH


Check your answers:

The following hyperlink text further explains why the above statements are MYTHS or FACTS.
Statement #1   Statement #2   Statement #3   Statement #4   Statement #5
Statement #6   Statement #7   Statement #8   Statement #9   Statement #10
Statement #11   Statement #12   Statement #13   Statement #14   Statement #15
Statement #16   Statement #17   Statement #18   Statement #19   Statement #20
SOURCE::  National AIDS Awareness Campaign Resource Guide.

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