This is a sampling of anonymous questions from the secondary school students I have been training on HIV/AIDS. Note the different slang kids use here!
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When I teach, I am always amazed at how much the average Ugandan kid knows about HIV/AIDS. Though they generally do not receive comprehensive sex education or extensive information on reproductive health, this generation has been inundated with messages about HIV/AIDS ever since they can remember. And yet, inevitably, lots of talk about the virus has opened the way for the spread of myths and rumors and misinformation. It’s normal for me to get questions about HIV being passed by mosquitoes or through sharing toothbrushes. For most groups that I train, I try to present the information in the most straightforward way I know how, so that trainees can go on to respond to any rumor with reasoned knowledge.