Objective of the Project
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
(only available in Latvian)
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
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
- 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
- Anonymity of both parties will make the discussion more frank.
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
- 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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