Begin by asking students what they think they know about AIDS. Record their ideas on the chalkboard, whether they are right or wrong.
Read the section, then go back to the list you wrote earlier on the chalkboard. In what ways were they right? In what ways were they wrong? Correct any misconceptions. Answer questions that may still remain.
Introduce Activity 7-1: Dealing with AIDS by asking students to talk about the ways that they think AIDS impacts everyone, not just the victims. Then divide them into four groups and complete the activity.
What Do You Think?
Caring for an AIDS patient can be very expensive, and many insurance companies refuse to cover AIDS infected patients. Who should pay for the care and treatment of AIDS patients? Is it fair that insurance companies refuse coverage to AIDS patients? Keep in mind that most AIDS patients die, usually within a few years of the onset of the fullblown disease, so medical interventions merely make a patient more comfortable. They do not provide a cure. Should financial assistance be limited to certain treatments?
AIDS in the News Students contribute to a bulletin board about AIDS stories in the newspapers and magazines.
What Do You Want to Know? Students write down one to three questions they have about AIDS and turn them in for a class discussion.
What Do You Think?
AIDS is a worldwide epidemic, but no one knows for sure how bad the epidemic is because of how long it takes for the virus to become active in the body. Should everyone in the world be tested for HIV so that health officials can get a better idea of how widespread the disease is? Describe the implications of universal testing.
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What groups are at high risk for AIDS? What about their behavior makes them high risk?