“How can you get AIDS?” asks your ten-year-old when seeing a poster about World AIDS Day.

During primary school, some kids will have already heard about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) but most will have heard about HIV and AIDS. Some will probably have obtained wrong prejudices about it, especially about gay people. You don’t have to explain very detailed what AIDS is. Your child, most probably, doesn’t expect a school type, technical answer from you.

“It is a disease that a person can get from another person if they together use dirty needles and have unprotected sex without using a condom.”

“You can get a disease called HIV that later turns into AIDS. You can get it if you have unprotected sex without condoms. Is it clear enough for you now? There are also other ways. Do you know about those?”