Lessons about HIV

Tes Editorial

Secondary schools in Edinburgh are being sent a free CD-Rom on issues relating to HIV and Aids.

The YAP Files has been put together by 13 to 16-year-olds (Young Affected People) living in families where one or both parents have HIV or Aids. It aims to highlight the stigma and isolation which young people face and to make others more aware of HIV. As well as real-life stories, it features statistics and a quiz with answers on HIV and its transmission.

A recent survey by Children in Scotland and Edinburgh University's social work department highlighted that less than 50 per cent of secondary schools have a policy on HIV education and that many of the resources used are out of date.

The CD-Rom has been produced with help from Waverley Care, Scotland's largest charity providing support to people touched by HIV. It is available free to all schools from Karen Docwra, tel 0131 226 2206, e-mail fund@waverleycare.org

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