Persuasive Speech, Prevention of AIDS

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Persuasive Speech based on The Motivated Sequence, an approach to persuasion, as described in Getting Started in Public Speaking. (National Textbook Company, 1994). Five steps: Attention, Need, Satisfaction, Visualization, Action.

Topic: HIV/AIDS education

Audience: College students

By Kathy Riley

Have you ever saved a drowning child? One of my friends did in Okinawa some years ago. She remembers it so clearly today for the amazingly satisfying experience it was. Maybe you haven't had such an experience Have you ever saved someone's life? If so, you too know how satisfying, how wonderful that can feel. But even if you have only helped someone with some small thing, you know that feeling. You know how good it feels to help someone. One way to help someone is to take HIV-AIDS seriously.

It's important to take AIDS seriously--here in Japan today. You may think that HIV-AIDS is mainly a problem for developing countries in Africa or South Asia.

But it's not a problem just for them. Infection rates are rising in Japan. In fact, Japan is the only industrialized country where HIV/AIDS infection rates rose last year. Some people think this is a problem for hospitals or the government. As you know, most people who got AIDS 20 years ago got it from blood transfusions. Today, the blood supply is safe, and now the main source of infection is sexual contact. This tragic situation does not have to continue. All of us have the responsibility to help stop it.

What do I mean by taking AIDS seriously? It means educating yourself about safe sex and telling others about it. When people have knowledge, they have power. As more and more people understand how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent that, the infection rates will go down.

One way to do this...