Seventeen-year-old Rachel Sandler is shocked out of her carefree world when word spreads through her upper-middle class community that Jason, a popular athlete who recently died, was an IV drug user. But it’s a mysterious computer message that really hits home: Jason, who Rachel had unprotected sex with, may have been HIV positive. Wanting to learn more about HIV, Rachel is urged to visit the local AIDS clinic by her new substitute teacher, Sarah Bennett. While there, Rachel takes a rapid HIV test, but panics and leaves before learning the results. When Sarah discovers Rachel’s test is positive, she breaks the shocking news to her, later revealing to Rachel that she herself has secretly been living with HIV for more than seven years. While both women wish to keep their privacy, they soon find out that with today’s technology of instant messaging, cell phones and blogs, gossip – just like the disease – can spread fast and furiously.
Messages for Parents: Nine to Twelve Years
Information Card, 2012
This information card has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.
It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussion at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.SKU: 7-207
Are You Positive You’re Negative? (Dene Translation)
This poster emphasizes the importance of testing for HIV during pregnancy. This poster was translated to Dene by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre.SKU: 7-110
HIV…it’s Different Now.
Saskatchewan continues to have high rates of HIV infection. Due to the availability of antiretroviral medication, HIV is no longer classified as a death sentence, but is instead seen as a manageable chronic disease. Women who are living with HIV are faced with many challenges when they discover they are pregnant, are pregnant and discover they are living with HIV, or are considering having a baby while living with HIV.
This poster shares the message that with appropriate treatment and prenatal care, women living with HIV can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.SKU: 7-019
HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy – (Cree Translation)
States that women living with HIV can have healthy babies and highlights the importance of prenatal care. This poster was translated to Cree by the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.SKU: 7-101