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World AIDS Campaign 2017 - students’ creative efforts in promoting “Know AIDS, No AIDS”

Ref Number: WAD2017b

  • Date1 Dec 2017
  • Category Monthly Focus
  • Targets Public(General public)
  • AuthorEducation Division, FPAHK
  • Topic Sexuality Education, School Sexuality Education, STIs & AIDS

To mark the World AIDS Day (1st December) and to commend the students who participated in the ambassador campaign, an award presentation with a kick-off ceremony titled “Know AIDS, No AIDS” World AIDS Campaign 2017 Creative School Projects on HIV/AIDS Prevention Award Presentation Ceremony was conducted on 18 November 207 at iSQUARE in Tsim Sha Tsui.


The kick-off ceremony of the World AIDS Campaign 2017 was officiated by Under Secretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi, Director of Health Dr Constance Chan and FPAHK’s Chairman Ms Lina Yan. Local organizations involved in AIDS work and relevant health departments from Macau and Shenzhen are also invited to show their support for the Campaign. The event features light-hearted and wholesome programs appealing to youth and the general public. Rap duo FAMA was the masters of ceremony. Highlights included pop singer Phil Lam’s singing performance, youth performances by The Church of Christ in China Kwei Wah Shan College’s music band “The Next Generation” and Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College’s a cappella group, the appearance of condom mascots and distribution of free souvenir cool towels. About 1,500 visitors were recorded for attending the ceremony.


From 1984 to June 2017, there were a cumulative number of 8,799 and 1,817 cases regarding the HIV/AIDS and AIDS defining illness respectively. In the first half of 2017, there were 389 new cases of HIV/AIDS, which means that on average, there are more than two cases of new infections every day. There is a growing trend of younger people contracting the HIV virus. More than 30% of the total number of infected persons aged 29 or below.  Many cases were related to homosexual contact and drug abuse resulting in unsafe sex.


When officiating the kick-off ceremony, Dr Chui Tak-yi, said according to Youth Sexuality Study (YSS) 2016 conducted by FPAHK, the knowledge level of secondary school students on sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS has dropped compared to five years ago. The lack of awareness of AIDS prevention among young people, inability to protect themselves and having unsafe sex under the influence of their peers are of great concern.


To address these challenges, "Know AIDS No AIDS" Creative School Projects on HIV/AIDS Prevention were organised by The Red Ribbon Centre(RRC) of the Department of Health collaborated with the FPAHK from July to November this year. With a total of eight secondary schools and two universities participated in the programme, student ambassadors from each school formed a team of 5-8 students and attended a 12-hour training programme, including sexuality education workshops, condom making workshop and sharing sessions given by AIDS-related and youth service NGOs to acquire knowledge on HIV/AIDS, sexual health and safer sex with a positive.


Applying what they had learnt, the student ambassadors devised creative education projects, then implemented them on their own campus to disseminate their anti-HIV/AIDS messages. This includes producing their originally written song, video / music video on campus TV, broadcasting, social experiment, concert, story writing, riddles, booth games, and panel exhibition, etc. They then uploaded snapshots of their project onto the social media to appeal to their peers for better understanding and awareness of HIV/AIDS.



Feedback :

Queen Elizabeth School

  • Ryan Tung(student): " the activities have made great changes in me. I've learnt more about condoms, sexually transmitted diseases and other sexual knowledge that I have never had before."
  • Ariel Sheng (student): "Women should know how to properly use condoms ... (so that) they can protect themselves."


Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

  • Keith Kwong (student) : "I was moved by an AIDS patient's story, which made me think that the we should not discriminate against them. I hope that some education activities will be organized in schools so that everyone will understand more about AIDS."
  • Yuen (teacher): "We started by teaching a small group of students on how to prevent and not discriminate against this disease. Then, under peer influence, the result would be better and more students would be benefited."



Keeley Chan (Education Officer of FPAHK): "We are very satisfied with the effectiveness of this project. In particular, we see students designing creative activities that are suitable for their campus culture. We hope this program will serve as an example of how teachers can learn to implement AIDS prevention education at schools. "


The Social Media Award

The Church of Christ in China Kwei Wah Shan College

An original song “Know AIDS, NO AIDS” was created by a student band The Next Generation, which was performed in the music week at school. A music video was also shared in social media platform.


The Creativity Adward

Queen Elizabeth School

A questionnaire has been administered to assess students' awareness and knowledge on AIDS. Riddles and games were then designed to help students learn more and clarify misconceptions and promote inclusive attitudes toward AIDS patients.


Schools / Universities

The Education University of Hong Kong

The Church of Christ in China Kwei Wah Shan College

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Queen Elizabeth School

South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School

Heung To Secondary School (Tseung Kwan O)

Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Buddhist Ho Nam Kam College

Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)