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Young Talk, March 2008

Young Talk, March 2008

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Young Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for younger (10-14 year old) Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Young Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda ten times annually, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Young Talk strives to help younger adolescents abstain from sex, stay in school, stay safe, understand body changes, and make informed life decisions.
Young Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for younger (10-14 year old) Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Young Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda ten times annually, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Young Talk strives to help younger adolescents abstain from sex, stay in school, stay safe, understand body changes, and make informed life decisions.

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No. 3 Vol. 11March 2008
Not for SALE: Young Talk is FREE
 YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7
Sex education forprimary schools
Know your rightsStay in school Wait to have sex
 I  be l ie ve I  w i l l  become  t he Pre s iden t o f  Ugandaone da y.  I  l i vepo s i t i ve l y.  I  ta ke m ydr ug s on  t ime.
Many young people are living with HIV/AIDS but they are healthy and have big dreams.
Positive Livingand LovingPositive Livingand Loving
Young Talk 
met this free and braveJames who shared his story.
I want to becomepresident of Uganda
"I came to know that I was HIVpositive when I was 11. I was in P4.
I had lost my parents and I was falling sick all thetime. My brother took me for a test. At first Idid not believe my results. I have never had sex.But after being counseled, I accepted I had HIVand needed treatment. I was tired of falling sick.ARVs have made me feel better. I hope one day Iwill get well. It is not easy taking drugs everyday,it irritates. At times I feel like vomiting. But I stillwant to live and become an important person infuture. I thank God that people treat me well.When I was in school, my friends used to treatme well. But now I am out of school. I lack school fees.
My advice to Young Talkers is toabstain from sex. They should alsotest to know their HIV status. You mayhave got HIV from your parents justlike me."Ewelu James of MbuyaSupport and care for yourfriends who have HIVHaving HIV is not the end oflife. You can still do greatthings•Knowing your HIV status helpsyou look after yourself welland live longSharing your HIV status canhelps you live feerly
You cannot get HIV through
hugging
shaking hands
touching an infected person
sharing plates and clothes with aninfected person
Would you tellothers if youwere HIVpositive?Would you love yourself the wayJames does?Do you think itis a good thingto supportchildren withHIV?
Share yourexperience andyour views withyour friends.
What PositiveLiving means
Visiting a health centre
whenever you are sick 
Avoiding sex; To avoid
infecting others and gettingeven more HIV
• Disclosing your HIV status.
Telling other people that youare HIV positive helps you livefreely and get their support
Sleeping under a treated
mosquito net to avoid malaria
Taking septrin everyday. Septrin
drug helps the body to fightdiseases that easily attack 
people with HIV, like; cough,
pneumonia, and diarrhoea
Drinking a lot of safe waterLooking after your body by
taking personal hygiene
Eating nutritious food. Have a
balanced diet each meal
Doing light exercises to keep
healthy
 
 Young Talk, March 2008
 2
teachers
or
teachers
 YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK  YOUNG TALK IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7
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:
Sex 
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
Young Talk 
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
Dictionary:
Disclosing:
Telling people that you have HIV
Piercing:
Making a tiny hole in body
Pnemonia:
A sickness that makes it hard for someone to breathe
 
 Young Talk, March 2008
 3
Young Talk 
brings you
Sara:The special Gift, part 1.
Welcome to the journey withSara, your role model and
symbol of girls’ empowerment
in Africa. In this series, you willlearn how to negotiate withadults to stay in school. How to
do useful handwork and impressyour guardians to keep you in
school, which is also good for
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 A sk  your paren ts  to gi ve  you time  to do home  work.
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 You should al wa ys do some work a t home.
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No thing should make  youlea ve school.
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 Tell  your paren ts i f  you ha vean y problems.
As they reach the town, Sara andAmina say goodbye and returnto their homes.I must saysomethingwhich will showhow much I amknown amongpeople...Goodmorningto you.Yes, chief.How are you?
I’m glad you
could come.
 YOUNG TALK IS FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN P5, P6 AND P7
Im reallytired Sara!We neverhave enoughtime to do ourhomework.Bye bye.
Meanwhile in Sara’s compound, her
uncle, who is looking after thefamily while the father works in thecity, waits for the chief to arrive.What willI say tohim?
your future. At the beginning of
this series “The special gift”, Sara
and Amina are very tired fromcollecting firewood; they areworried about failing to dohomework. Yet they will findmore work at home. But they are
happy that they can still go to
school. As they move home Zingofollows. As they reach home, Saraand Amina say good-bye to each
other. Sara’s uncle thinks of what
to say as he waits for the chief.
Watch out forthe firewood!These girls!Come on Zingo.Do you want to beeaten by aleopard?
Near a smalltown in Uganda,the hot sun isburning fiercely.Sara and herfriend Aminahave collected asmuch firewoodas they can carryand are goinghome wheremore workawaits them.
But at leastwe can stillgo to schoolSo am I Amina.We have to walk longdistance from homeevery time.See you atschooltomorrow.
TheSpecialGif t TheSpecialGif t The SpecialGift TheSpecialGift TheSpecial Gif t
Dictionary 
EMPOWERMENT
- Having the
power/ authority or knowledge to
do something
FIERCE
- strong in a way thatcannot be controlled
IMPRESS:
To make someone feel
good
NEGOTIATE:
To reach agreement
through discussion
PET
- animal or bird kept at homefor company.
Sara and Zingo putdown their loadsand go into thecooking hut whereher mother andgrandmother arepreparing a meal.

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