Garage Museum of Contemporary Art invites parents of teenagers to discuss the pivotal topic of health care in the context of today's HIV epidemic.
Together with Children+ Charity Foundation, the team of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has developed a parents' club program. The club's meetings aim to prevent the spread of HIV infection among teenagers while also helping parents find words for a conversation on complicated topics and take care of their children's health.
According to the Federal Scientific and Methodological Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS, more than a million people with HIV live in Russia, as of June 30, 2020. The spread of infection remains one of the country's most pressing problems, making education on HIV / AIDS prevention an essential task.
The scale of the problem and its specificity requires an increase in preventive measures outside specialized institutions, as well as a boost of interest toward the topic among cultural platforms. A contemporary museum, one of the main missions of which is the social one, can become such a platform by encouraging its visitors to learn more about the problem of the spread of HIV infection and teach them to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
The Parents' Club program is a series of five meetings with a psychologist who will explain to parents how to prepare for a talk with their child about HIV infection and how to protect themselves from it. During the meetings, it will be proposed to discuss the nuances of teenage perception and approaches to discussing "uncomfortable" topics with young people.