Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS

The red ribbon has become an international symbol of AIDS awareness.

“The hardest thing about living with HIV is knowing how people see you sometimes,” a boy named Jarron says.

“Last year, a lot of kids in my old school found out,” a girl says.  “And then they started bullying me.”

“I don’t want to be known as the girl with HIV,” a girl named Paige says.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

It’s the virus that causes AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

And it makes your body less able to fight off other infections.

We’ve known about HIV and AIDS for three decades.

In fact, one of the first Nick News shows – in 1992 – focused on the virus and kids who have it.

But today, a lot of people are still ignorant about what HIV and AIDS really are.

They don’t know that most kids who have the virus got it from a parent – before they were even born.

And they don’t know that it’s not contagious – unless you do a few very specific things that you would never do in school, or most likely anywhere else, when you’re a kid.

What do kids who have HIV want you to know about them?

How do they want to be treated?

And what do you need to know about HIV itself?

You can find out the answers to all of those questions on Monday, November 26th, on the next new edition of “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.”

It’s called “Forgotten But Not Gone:  Kids, HIV & AIDS.”

“We’ve forgotten to educate the younger generation,” says Hydeia Broadbent.

Hydeia was 6 years old when she appeared on that first Nick News show about HIV back in 1992.

“So (kids are) fearful.  And they don’t know how to behave or act toward that person (with HIV).

How should you act?

Listen to kids who are living with HIV – yes, living – before you answer that question.

And make sure you watch “Forgotten But Not Gone,” the next edition of “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.”

The show premieres on Monday, November 26th, at 8 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) on Nickelodeon.

(If you live in another time zone, check your local cable TV listings to find out when the show will be on in your community.)

And in case your parents ask, this is not a show about sex.

It’s a show about how we should all treat one another.