HIV & Aids - straightforward about the basics

Outline: Actors portraying doctor and patient, giving clear facts about health issues regarding HIV & AIDs

Script Number: V003

Language: English: Southern Africa

Theme: Medical; Sickness

Audience: General

Style: Multiple voices

Genre: Messages and Fiction

Sophistication: General

Purpose: Teaching; Welfare

Bible Quotation: None

Status: Publishable

Script Text

Frame 1:
Millions of people are living with HIV and hundreds more are getting infected with HIV every day.

However, there is much more assistance available for people who are living with HIV.
This gives us hope!

Frame 2
Today, ARVs, are much cheaper and available through the public health facilities of most countries in Southern Africa.

ARVs, to prevent the transmission of HIV to babies, are usually free of charge.

Frame 3
“Anyone who engages in promiscuous sexual relationships carries the risk of getting AIDS.”

Frame 4
Yes, the risk to get HIV is higher if I have more sexual partners.
But, anyone who has unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status you do not know, is at risk of HIV infection.

Frame 5
Even if it was only once.
Even, if you are married.
And even, if you are a Christian.

Frame 6
We should all know our HIV status.
And it is important to know the status of our sexual partner.
Get a free HIV test at your local clinic, hospital or New Start centre.

Go for regular tests after that.

Frame 7:

Today the ARV treatment is effective in controlling HIV and preventing transmission to others.

Frame 8:
The good news is that ARVs are available for people who are living with HIV.
This means that with treatment.
HIV positive people are able to live normal, healthy lives.

Ask about the availability of ARVs at your local clinic.

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