Living With HIV

Notes: 
  • Condoms are the most reliable way of preventing HIV infection; however, in many cultures there are still taboos about girls using, accessing, or discussing condoms. Before running this session, check with the National Goal Coordinator and the local NGO partner to ensure parents would approve.
  • Review Handout 20 and Handout 21 on how to use condoms.
  • Practice the condom demonstration yourself once or twice.
  • Find out where condoms are available to girls in your area.
  • Introduce the activity first. You can tell girls that the activity is optional and that they can choose to leave the room if they would prefer not to participate. Ensure they are supervised by a Goal Champion when out of the room.
Materials: 
  • Wooden Condom Demonstrator
  • Male Condoms Female Condom (if available)
Time Required: 
5-10 Minutes
Objective: 
  • To demonstrate how to use condoms to stop the spread of HIV.
Instructions: 
  1. Show participants samples of the male and female condoms. Pass them around so that everybody feels them. As they do, explain the following information:
    •  A condom acts as a tough skin that sperm, HIV and most sexually transmitted infection (STI) germs cannot get through. If used properly every time you have sex, condoms are very effective at stopping HIV infection. They also stop other STIs and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
    •  The male condom is a thin rubber tube that fits over the hard penis, catching the man’s semen so that it cannot enter the vagina, anus or mouth.
    •  The female condom is made out of plastic and has a ring at each end. It is inserted into the vagina before having sex. The rings keep it in place. Female condoms give women more control over the decision to use a condom.
    •  Male condoms are widely available in nearly all countries. Female condoms are not yet so widely available and are more expensive.
  2. Ask participants and facilitate a discussion on where condoms are available to them.
  3. Demonstrate how to correctly use a male condom including the important ‘first steps’ of checking the expiry date and the integrity of the packaging (i.e. no holes in the packaging etc).