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Supplemental Lesson: What Is HIV?


In this lesson, students learn some basic facts about HIV. After learning the definition of HIV, they read about the different ways HIV can be transmitted. The teacher clarifies that HIV can’t be transmitted by everyday activities or day-to- day contact, and helps students examine ways to help prevent it.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Define human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  2. Identify methods of transmission and prevention of HIV. 
  3. Explain why it is safe to be a friend of someone who has HIV.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 30 - 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • SH-5: Be sexually abstinent.
  • SH-6: Engage in behaviors that prevent or reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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