Each activity specially designed to encourage participation and personal reflection.
HIV/STI Spread Game
Objective: This game simulates how infection spreads through a community without the use of condoms. The clear liquid at the beginning of the game shows students how it is impossible to tell from looking who has HIV/STI. This game offers both a physical representation and an interactive lesson, allowing students to experience the shock of how easily HIV/STI's can be transmitted and the shock of learning that you are infected.
Directions: Each participant is given a glass of clear liquid. Before the game starts the facilitator should put a highly acidic clear liquid such as vinegar into 1/6 of the cups. The rest of the cups should be filled with water. Each participant should also get a rule card that varies from person to person. The rule card determines how many people the participant is allowed to mix water with. Once everyone has their rules and water/vinegar, you may start the game. Students then mix water according to their rule and mingle for a few minutes then everyone comes back to the circle. Bromo Thymol Blue(a colored dye that turns water blue and but if vinegar is present it turns yellow) is added to each of the cups and see which students were introduced to vinegar or in this case an STI.
After the game is done each participant can share what their rule was. During the discussion, the facilitator may share the starting number of “infected” participants and the concluding number and address the importance of the game and what each rule represents. For example a rule card that says, “You can only mix with one person,” would represent a monogamous person but that one person they shared with may have the rule "you can mix with anyone" and they could still get "infected". After people find out if their "infected" or not the following discussion questions: If you were infected with HIV how would it affect any future plans that you have? How are you going to tell your loved ones/ future partners if your infected?
Objective: To make students think about what makes a healthy relationship, how to detect when relationships become unhealthy, and what to do when that happens.
Directions: Separate students into groups and assign each group a scenario. Each scenario describes a relationship which presents issues or has unhealthy aspects. Students then read the scenario they were assigned, and as a group answer questions provided to think about what actions could be taken improve the situation.