Young Talk, March 2008
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It is good to interact with childrenwho are HIV positive. You cannotget HIV unless their body fluids mix with yours.
If you do notinteract with them, youscare them and some candrop out of school, which isa bad thing.
I Advise YoungTalkers who are HIV positive to gettreatment. They should also avoidspreading the virus to others. HIV isnot the end of life. You can studyhard, reach the university andbecome an important person infuture.
Abonyo Rose, 14, P7,Obim PS, Lira
I have a friend who is HIV positive.I play with him, guide him and eatwith him. I know HIV cannot begot through sharing food.I try to avoid sharing sharp thingswith him. I can get infected. Weshould support people who are HIVpositive. It is not their fault.
GiraMoses, 12, P5, Ojwina PS,Lira
Our teacher told us we cannot getHIV by playing with children whoare infected. I play with them andwe also read books together. Iadvised one of my HIV positivefriends to tell the teacher, so thatshe is not given heavy work atschool. I encourage her to take hermedicine. This can make her healthyand live longer. Young Talkers, if youare falling sick all the time, ask yourparents to take you for HIV testing.
Angom Agnes, 12, P6, ObimPS, Lira
What isHIV/AIDSWhat isHIV/AIDS
AIDS is a disease that youdevelop some years after beinginfected by the HIV virus. It hasno cure.
How does HIV enterthe body?
One can get HIV through:
Through an infected motherto her baby.
If you share body piercing orcutting instruments like razorblades
If your wounds get in touchwith infected body fluids.These fluids include: blood,vaginal fluids and semen.
Stop HIV from entering your body:
Wait as long as possiblebefore starting to have sex.Sex is the main way throughwhich HIV is transmitted.
Do not share razor blades,needles or ear-piercingequipment.
There is no cure or vaccinefor HIV/AIDS.
Help them stay in school
Support children with HIV
Do not hate or runaway from yourfriends if they areHIV positiveMake friendswith childrenwho have HIVand play withthem
There are verymany kinds of people who want tohelp children withHIV. DoctorSabrina Kitakalooks afterchildren with HIVat MulagoHospital. SsunaCissy counselsthem. They talkedto
As you grow up, you need to becareful. Friendship does not meansex. If you are HIV positive,do not lose hope.
Practice the 6Hswhich mean:
HopingHopingHopingHopingHoping for the future,CelebratingHappyHappyHappyHappyHappy times,Coping withHardHardHardHardHard times,Recognising theHandHandHandHandHand ofGod in your lives, YourHeritage;Heritage;Heritage;Heritage;Heritage; do notforget where you comefrom. YourHomeHomeHomeHomeHome; do notforget your people or relatives.
Doctor Sabrina Kitaka,PIDC, Mulago Hospital
Dear teacher, you can alsohelp childrenwith HIV livelonger by givingtheminformation onnutrition, self-care andgeneral hygiene.
You can create anenvironment where they feel freeto talk about their status. Usedifferent methods to delivermessages to them likethrough pictures andletters.Build trust and friendshipwith the children so thatthey confide in you.Categorise themaccording to their agesor classes, there arethings that some ofthem are too young toknow.
Ssuna Cissy, counselor,PIDC, Mulago Hospital
Support children with HIV
Telling people that you have HIV
Making a tiny hole in body
A sickness that makes it hard for someone to breathe