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NPR story features a creative approach for HIV prevention. Researchers try role-playing games to capture attention and inform adolescents.

Here’s how it works. Players build avatars, customizing their appearance, hobbies, and personality. Then they respond to age-tailored but potentially risky situations any way they want. In the do-over world of the game, consequences include points, praise, good health and money … or embarrassment, unemployment, HIV and even death.

Nursing professor and researcher, Dr. Comfort Enah (credit:, courtesy of Steve Wood, UAB Creative Group)


The rest of the story…

In Rural Alabama, Fighting HIV with a Game
by Dan Carsen, for NPR, December 3, 2014