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The Science and Ethics of HIV Vaccine Research – Lesson Five: Global Awareness Activity

This is the fifth lesson in the six-lesson curriculum “The Science and Ethics of HIV Vaccine Research,” developed by NWABR. This activity is designed to demonstrate how differences in culture, resources, and HIV/AIDS in five regions of the world combine to impact work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Access to medical care and education, cultural characteristics, and wealth are all issues that will be explored to heighten students’ global perspective on how difficult it is to launch an HIV vaccine trial. In this activity, students gather in small groups that represent the size of the populations of different regions of the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Student ambassadors from each region share information about the demographics, resources, and cultures of each area. Visual aids represent resources (such as band-aids for per capita healthcare spending and red beads to represent the number of people infected with HIV). The lesson ends with a discussion of health disparities and the implications for conducting HIV vaccine research trials in different parts of the world.

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Resource Type: Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Audience Level: High School lower division (Grades 9-10), High School upper division (Grades 11-12), Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)

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