Our lesson began with an over-view and reintroduction of HIV and what it’s all about, definition, transmission, prevention etc etc. BUT THEN…we hit the science head-on! First up were the stages of HIV infection a person encounters after they have been infected:
(1) Exposure to and transmission of HIV è (2) Acute Infection è (3) Chronic Infection è (4) AIDS è (5) Opportunistic Pathogen infection è (6) Death
This is some scary stuff when it is written in black and white on the chalkboard. Looking from the outside it can seem a light-hearted chat to teach about the stages a person will go through after they have been infected with HIV…but once you are up in front of 40 students in a classroom, it can be a little bit shocking how relevant this education is. It really is honoring to be able to be a part of making an educational difference and hopefully help people avoid a HIV infection during their lives.