Social workers hosted interactive sessions with three different shelter homes on World AIDS Day (December 1st).
In Pune, social worker Seema started the session by asking the girls what comes to their minds when they hear the word "AIDS". Many said it is a disease that scares them. They don't talk about it with anyone because they are afraid of being judged. We assured them we would not judge them and wanted to answer their questions.
We're grateful the girls felt safe enough to start asking all their questions!
What is HIV? What is AIDS?
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
How did HIV originate? When was HIV found in India?
How is HIV transmitted?
How can we know if we have HIV or not?
What is the treatment for HIV? Can HIV be cured?
How does HIV affect a person's health?
Can herbal medicine cure HIV?
Can a person get infected by HIV by donating blood, getting a tattoo or an ear piercing?
Can a HIV+ person be hired for work?
Can a person get infected by HIV through a mosquito bite?
What should the lifestyle of a HIV+ person look like?
Can a HIV+ person get married?
What is the relation between HIV and TB?
Social workers Shilpa and Bharti also had a special session on HIV and AIDS with survivors from a shelter home in Nagpur after which they taught the girls how to make some paper roses.