What Is Risky

  • Write or draw symbols on the flipchart signifying 'High Risk', 'Medium Risk' and 'Low/No Risk'.
  • Select the activity statements you will use before the session. Sample activities and explanations are available in Handout 22.
  • Clearly read the comments on each statement you have chosen so you are sure of the answers.
  • Flipchart or Board
  • Markers
  • Bag of Sweets (optional)
Time Required: 
30 Minutes
  • To show how HIV is spread.
  • To explain that different activities have different levels of risk.
  • To show that it is possible for someone living with HIV to maintain close working and personal relationships without any risk of spreading HIV.
  1. (Optional) Conduct a risk-appreciation exercise first so that participants have an understanding of the concept of risk. For example, take a packet of sweets (must be the same colour and shape) and tell the girls that you have licked one sweet in the bag. Ask each person to take a sweet and eat it. Most people will not be prepared to take a sweet. You can now explain that people are unwilling to take a minor risk (one in 100) to eat a sweet that you have licked for fear of catching a minor infection like a cold. However, people may not be as cautious when they are not directly aware of the risk, even if the consequences are much higher; for example, the risk of getting HIV through unprotected sex.
  2. Explain that you have written ‘High Risk’, ‘Medium Risk’, and ‘Low/No Risk’ on the board. Explain that you will read a series of activities and the girls should decide if those activities have a high, medium, or low/no risk of spreading HIV.
  3. Read through the chosen statements and ask the girls their choice of risk level. Then ask why they chose a certain level. Explain if they are correct or incorrect.