202107 Analyzing the effect upon people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As) as lecturers for students in Taiwan

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fang Ying Li , Institute of Health Policy and Management, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Sandy King , Taiwan AIDS Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
Chiung Chao Lin , Taiwan AIDS Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
Shiing Jer Twu , Taiwan AIDS Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
Background: To eliminate stigma upon people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As), they should not be simply regarded as patients. Due to their unique experiences, PLWH/As convince people to have a more positive perspective about HIV/AIDS. They could even possibly be good lecturers for students.

Methods: With a series of training programs, 10 PLWH/As had developed communicating skills in sharing their personal experiences and teaching correct HIV/AIDS knowledge to students. Then, these PLWH/As gave lectures and interacted with participants such as Free Hugs and Q&A. After the lectures, the students were evaluated by a questionnaire regarding their knowledge and attitude toward HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, all participant school teachers, students, and PLWH/As were interviewed to collect qualitative data for accessing the impact of PLWH/As served as lecturers.

Results: A total of 929 questionnaires were collected in 2007 and 2008. The scores of students' HIV/AIDS knowledge in 2008 were significantly higher than those in 2007. The results of content analysis showed that both teachers and students expressed they had become more empathic with PLWH/As, and had a better understanding on HIV/AIDS. Similarly, PLWH/As indicated that after the training programs and sharing experiences with students, their knowledge on HIV/AIDS was increased, their sense of personal value and empowerment were raised, and their will to keep the promise that they have responsibility to stop AIDS was strengthened.

Conclusions: This study provided evidence that training PLWH/As to be lecturers benefits not only to teachers and students but to PLWH/As themselves. This kind of program should be implemented constantly.

Learning Objectives:
1.Establish positive perspectives to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As), and identify their personal values and abilities. 2.Discuss the outcome of PLWH/As as lecturers for school teachers and students. 3.Develop similar programs to other diseases which are regarded as stigmas.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, STD Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This is my first time to try to do a qualitative research about what roles PLWH/As can play, and I deeply hope that the results of my research would benifit PLWH/As and public. It was also my first time to attend APHA annual meeting. Because I am intrested in the field of HIV/AIDS, I want to learn more from experts and others' research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

See more of: HIV in International Settings
See more of: HIV/AIDS