A TEEN AIDS reporter interviewed a 14-year-old student, Joe, studying at a Prevocational school in Sha Tin about HIV and AIDS. (J. is Joe and R. is the Reporter.) R: Joe, have you heard of HIV and AIDS? J: Yes, I have . . . It's a gay disease, right? R: That's a common belief, Joe, but it's simply not true. Anyone, whether they be gay or straight, can be infected with HIV, which usually progresses to AIDS. It's not who you are that counts but what you do! Do you think there's a chance in the future you may be in a situation where you could be infected with HIV? J: No. It's impossible. First, I am not gay. Second, I'm Chinese, not a foreigner and, third, I am not promiscuous. It couldn't possibly happen to me. Anyway, I'm too young to know about this subject. It will put ideas in my head. R: Joe, you are never too young to know the facts. Simply talking about the facts about AIDS doesn't make you 'gay' or 'promiscuous'. R: Do you know the different ways you can be infected with HIV? J: I know it's a sexually transmitted disease and that you can also get HIV through a blood transfusion if the blood has not been screened. But I'm not a haemophiliac, so I will not need a blood transfusion. See how strong I am. Also I do not have any friends who take drugs, so I am not at risk. R: You sound so confident.