Educate about healthy sex practices
With the ardent exposure of the virtual world filled with movies and visuals of sex, it only makes sense to inculcate healthy sex habits in your children. You can talk to them about contraceptives, condoms, birth control pills, etc. to educate them about healthy sexual practices. Understand that encouraging such conversation will also help them in the future.
There are various podcasts and videos that talk about preventive measures and healthy sexual practices that can give you points to ponder upon. In addition, you can also discuss how sexually transmitted diseases can affect their health.
Understand how you can explain HIV to your kids
For this, you will need to do complete homework on HIV. Your children will come up with questions on what the condition is, how does it happen, how does it affect you, etc. You need to be ready with the answers. The more equipped you are with these answers, the more confident you will be to make them understand the situation.
You do not necessarily need to talk about how you got HIV, but rather how anybody with any condition can get it if they have unprotected sex. You can also discuss how babies can get HIV from their mothers and how people can get this virus through exposure to blood products and bodily fluids such as needle contamination and drug injections.
Explain what HIV is
Studies suggest when children know about a situation and understand it, they process it better. Therefore, explaining HIV to them is of uttermost importance at this time. Talk to them about condoms, needle safety, and pregnancy.
You can also discuss the scientific definition of HIV and show them studies or videos that explain what HIV is, its causes, symptoms, and how they can prevent themselves as well. The important aspect is to normalise the conversation around HIV in your house.