Being a parent is hard work. On your shoulders is the responsibility for raising a child. It is important to understand, as psychologists note, a huge basis of knowledge and personal characteristics are laid precisely in childhood. Most of the adult human problems are due to some kind of childhood trauma, flaws in upbringing and lack of awareness of the child. That is why it is important not to avoid "inconvenient" for you topics related to sex life or various diseases. The more informed the child, the less likely that in the process of growing up, there will be some difficulties in these matters. We urge from the earliest age to instill hygienic culture, to cultivate respect for oneself and others, to talk about the foundations without which it is impossible to resist HIV. But how to start a conversation about HIV with a child? How to correctly tell and indicate the importance of this issue. Every parent faces this. In the education of such a plan, you need to be sensitive and attentive to your child. Before the beginning of the conversation it is important to prepare yourself: read the literature, Internet portals with reliable information (on our site you will find all the most necessary), maybe even talk with a psychologist who will tell you when, under what circumstances and how to start a conversation on such a serious theme. Here are a few important points to consider for a fruitful conversation with a child about HIV.
- As we said above, you should have full and reliable information yourself. It is important to answer every question of the child. It is not allowed to come up with answers because it will remember the wrong information and in the future because of this problems can arise. It should be understood that questions can be the most unusual, therefore, even knowing the basic theoretical basis, it can be difficult to answer them. In this case it is better to find the answer to his question with the child. This is important, because the reliability of information that the child will find on his own is not guaranteed.
- Use pedagogical tricks, for example, children aged 4-6 years are better able to perceive information through some vivid images. Therefore, it is possible, together with the child, to draw something or find special children's books on HIV with many pictures. Before a conversation in a more mature age, prepare a child - educate him in matters of sexual education. After that, you can safely talk about HIV, calling things by their proper names.
- It is important to understand that enlightenment of the child in such important issues should not happen once - this is a systematic work.
- Do not scare the child with HIV and AIDS. Negative information, according to studies of psychologists, is forgotten more quickly. It is necessary to speak calmly and judiciously, starting with the basics, but it is understandable for the child, given his age features.
The human immunodeficiency virus or simply HIV is a long-term infectious disease with progressive damage to the immune system, which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). After moving to this extreme stage, the infected person begins to suffer from secondary diseases caused by weakened immunity. It is because of such terrible consequences and lack of proven information that people are born with myths and prejudices connected with the danger of communicating with the HIV-infected. Unfortunately, many still feel that even a simple touch can infect a virus. However, in itself, an HIV-positive person is not dangerous to others. To understand this once and for all, remember that the virus is transmitted only in three ways:
- Through the blood,
- With unprotected sexual contact,
- From an HIV-infected mother to a child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.