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"Indirect interview" - talking with HIV positive people  


  Introduction
  Background
  The Objective of the Project
  Project realization



Introduction
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Netiesa intervijaEveryone should have read or heard something about HIV positive people, although not everybody has met such people in person. Every time we face something unusual or unknown we feel curiosity, incomprehension, fear, anger. Different thoughts and questions rise and often they remain not asked - for we are afraid to hurt somebody or to be misunderstood. The project "Indirect interview" is the solution of such problems and give you the essential answers. Please visit Internet address http://www.redcross.lv/intervija (only available in Latvian)

Background
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In 1998, the Latvian Red Cross Youth conducted the educational seminars AIDS. We. and faced the fact that despite the efforts of many organizations that work in HIV/AIDS and sexual education field, the majority of youth is not enough informed about HIV/AIDS. Many of them had never had a thought about it. The main reason that determines the negligence is vacuum of information about this serious problem. Moreover, the worst situation can be observed in countryside as the largest possibilities to obtain information about HIV/AIDS problems are concentrated in Riga. Even though at present many schools all over Latvia have access to Internet, there are only few sources regarding the HIV/AIDS and sexual health available in Latvian.

The Objective of the Project
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The objective of this project is to create a direct virtual interview, in which everyone could ask questions and receive answers from a HIV positive person. Such approach will rise youth comprehension about HIV/AIDS as well as sexual health and make a definite attitude towards HIV positive people.

This objective can be achieved with help of Internet as it has several advantages compared to other media. First, this technology is modern and very popular among youth. Second, Internet in comparison to other media is much cheaper.

Of course, there are lots of Internet resources about HIV/AIDS problems available in foreign servers, but this information has several drawbacks. Due to specific cultural, religious and social background, the Latvian youth should be educated using information taken from context of Latvian society. The praxis of copying ready-made material about any kind of problem from different countries has proven to be inefficient and, as a rule it does not awake any desire to consider the problem in depth. Every user of Internet by browsing the project homepage have the opportunity to ask a question interesting for him to HIV positive people and afterwards read the answer. Even if one does not want to take an active part in the interview, he can read questions and answers of others. Professionals is involved in commenting the problems risen in discussion.

There are some obvious advantages of this project:

  • Everyone has the opportunity to ask a question important for him.
  • Everyone is welcomed to visit the Interview homepage again after week or month and find out the news.
  • Internet technologies let every member of the discussion ask answers about few questions, therefore there is possibility to make survey.
  • Anonymity of both parties will make the discussion more frank.
Project realization
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Project is carried out by following staff:

  • Coordinator. Latvian Red Cross Youth has the role of the Coordinator -- its duties include caring about delivery of the questions, answers or comments to the right person and supervision of the project.
  • HIV positive person. It is not possible to organize a real interview if there is no HIV positive person ready to answer questions.
  • HIV/AIDS professionals. They support project with professional comments, statistics and news regarding HIV/AIDS questions.
  • Editor. We consider that it is quite important to ensure presence of editor in this project in order to make interview more 'readable' and attractive to people and help to stress the right attitude accents.
  • Webmaster. The responsibility of the Webmaster is taking care about all technical things - collecting the questions, everyday's maintaining of the webpage, publishing answers.

Project is running from November 15, 1999.

 
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