A tour through
vulnerability: talking about AIDS for teens in a Brazilian science museum
C. Macedo Guastaferro, J. Horvath Cambauva Iglesias, L.A. Bragante, M.H. Brandão Vilela
Instituto Kaplan, Educacional, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Issues: The last epidemiologic data of Brazil´s AIDS program, points to a growning rate of AIDS
among girls between 13 and 19 years old to 2.7 per 100 thousand people, while
the index among male teenagers decreased to 1.9 per 100 thousand people.
Nowadays, Brazilian health policies showing
that risky choices regarding AIDS and teenage pregnancy can lead to huge impacts
on their future plans is a more effective approach to motivate teenagers to use condoms.
Description: For the
2009 World AIDS day, Kaplan Institute, a sexual education NGO, in partnership
with “Catavento Cultural e Educacional” (Cultural and Educational Windmill), a
Brazilian science musem and Abbott Laboratories promoted a one-week campaign to
increase the awareness of teenagers about HIV vulnerability. Our activities
have benefited 728 teenagers aged 13 to 19 years old who have experienced 4 interactive workshops: “Vale
Sonhar“ (It Is Worth Dreaming), an exhibit about prevention choices for STI/AIDS
and pregnancy; “Jogos do Poder” (Power Games), a game about violence against
women and its influence on HIV infection; “Espaço Vida“(Life Space), biological
information about HIV transmission and action including an
AIDS virus display; “Alertas” (Alerts), leads
to awareness of how alcohol and drugs distorts the decision to use condoms.
Lessons learned: The
multidisciplinary exhibits, created exclusively for the campaign, were
effective to lead the teenagers to increase awareness about HIV prevention. The
educators and teenagers approved the innovative approach about the AIDS
vulnerability and have shown interest in the workshops provided by expanding
the perception of a risk of AIDS transmission on daily basis.
Next steps: With the
success of the campaign, the workshops were integrated into
the museum and became part of the available tours to be booked in 2010 by
schools and NGO groups, increasing the attendence of teenagers numbers.
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