Yale University

Using Video Games to Prevent HIV Infections

Research being conducted by Drs. Kimberly Hieftje and Lynn Fiellin, both CIRA affiliates and Co-Principal Investigators on a Women's Health Research at Yale-supported project, was recently featured in the center's newsletter. Titled PlayitSafe, their project is part of a new wave of video games called "serious games". These games are designed to be fun to play while disseminating information to address major challenges like climate change, war, obesity and disease prevention. In their case, the message involves the high priority public health goal of reducing and preventing transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) among black women ages 18 to 24.

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Published: Monday, June 9, 2014