Yale University

Kimberly Hieftje Awarded NIH Grant for HIV Prevention Videogame

Dr. Kimberly Hieftje of Yale School of Medicine has been awarded $460,000 by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support her research on "A Digital Intervention for HIV Prevention in Black Adolescent Girls."

The two-year grant will expand Hieftje's work, involving a multiplayer videogame designed to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about condoms, HIV/STI testing, and sexual risk-taking behaviors. Initially funded by the Women's Health Research at Yale, the videogame's prototype, a card game titled One Night Stan, was an effective tool for young black women; findings suggested that playing the game can lead to increased self-efficacy.

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Published: Friday, September 20, 2019