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I'm Positive: The Game

January 12, 2015

I'm Positive is an interactive video game that educates players on HIV, including "misconceptions around it, testing, treatment, disclosure, and the consequences of not getting treatment," according to the game's website.

You play as Tim, and are shooting basketballs when your ex-girlfriend Rebecca calls to inform you that she's tested positive for HIV and advises you to get tested as well. This is when you first get to choose whether to heed her advice or to ignore it all together. You can either get tested at home using a self-test kit or go straight to an HIV clinic. If you delay getting tested, you will eventually get sick and be forced to go for a test.

Eventually, when you make it to a clinic for a confirmatory test, through a series of prompts and choices, you get to ask questions and learn more about HIV. In particular, after you receive your diagnosis, you learn about how life with HIV will be.

Afterwards, you meet your family for your birthday party. You can choose to disclose your status to your family or keep it a secret. Choosing to disclose is met with a warm and supportive response from your family members.

Finally, you experience what taking daily meds every day is like. No matter what you choose to do, the game does its best to inform and show what someone might go through if he or she were to test positive.

"We want to encourage people to get tested, reduce the stigma, and increase knowledge about HIV," states the game's website.

In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be conducting a study on the efficacy of the game (which is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) in 2015.

Watch the I'm Positive game trailer:



Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.


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