Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 18: Common Communicable Diseases

Student Web Activities - Lesson 5 - AIDS/HIV Aware



AIDS, the disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can affect anyone, and AIDS is hitting young people hardest. Last year, more than 32,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 became infected with HIV in the United States . On the Web site below, you will learn about HIV and AIDS, and find out why teens and young adults are falling victim to this fatal disease. You will also learn how to protect yourself and others.

Link to explore : The AIDS Handbook:



  • Start at The AIDS Handbook Web site.
  • Read the introduction and each of the links at the bottom of the page.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link, create a FAQ sheet about HIV and AIDS that can be made available to teens throughout your community.

What are the five main ways that the HIV virus is spread?
What has to happen for the virus to move from an infected person to an uninfected person?
What are the three stages of HIV infection?
What causes death when a person develops AIDS after being infected with the HIV virus?
What are the three steps in developing a cure for AIDS?
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