Health Education AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a global problem and we should know that the problem of AIDS is a challenge for our survival. Children and youth should have the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to help them confront this challenge and make healthy lifestyle choices. Education imparted in schools is one of the ways by which children can be taught to confront this challenge and make their choices.

Giving information about HIV (transmission, risk factors, how to avoid infection) is necessary, but not adequate, to induce healthy behavioral change. Projects that offer proper information to deal with misconceptions, regularly report improvements in knowledge and attitudes, but this is badly related with behavioral change related to risk-taking and desirable behavioral results.

Education is effective in more difficult tasks of achieving and maintaining behavioral change about HIV/AIDS. Schools can either be a place that teaches discrimination, prejudice and wrong fear or one that shows society’s commitment to equity. School policies should ensure every child and adolescent has the right to proper education; particularly when that education is necessary to survive and avoid HIV infection.

Today, HIV infection is among the major problems facing school-age children. They are faced with fear if they’re unaware, bias if they or some family-member or friend is infected, and suffering and death if unable to avoid this preventable disease.

But all this can be prevented if not immediately stopped. It is just the right choice that needs to be made, the right steps to be taken, and the right education to be imparted.

Irfan Hayat -