HIV and Pride is a three part presentation connecting self esteem and self respect with smart health choices. It includes the most current and factual information regarding HIV and other STDs, showing how self acceptance and pride can battle peer pressure that may lead to unwise choices. This 90 minute presentation best serves 30 to 60 students and may be used to fulfill HIV curriculum requirements. Full assemblies can also be done.
Part One – Rick Mueller tells his story about living with AIDS for twenty five years and the unwise choices leading to his diagnosis. His struggle with prejudice as a gay man is related to the impact on students of other differences such as race, height, weight and academic interests. His story illustrates how low self esteem leads to unwise choices: not practicing abstinence, unsafe sex or having sex to “fit-in”. He speaks about the importance of reaching out to adults for guidance and support, and reiterates the importance of self acceptance and tolerance. This honest account is told while simultaneously disseminating pertinent facts about the virus, all leading to better health choices.
Part Two – The Play: A Message from Rhonda is performed by a cast of five or six professional actors. It is a gritty, explicit and funny drama showing how typical high school behavior and events can lead to multiple diagnoses of HIV positive in high school.
Part Three – After the performance, Rick Mueller joins the students who receive a handout with the latest HIV statistics and recommendations. The students are given the opportunity to ask any questions: about the virus, safe sex, abstinence and Rick’s life. The other actors, too, will be available for questions about their acting craft.