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Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, International , Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN interviewed John Christensen who develops video games and digital media applications for health at the 2013 Ontario HIV Treatennt Network Research Conference to find out.

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

At the 2013 OHTN Research Conference, John gave a presentation on the use of interactive digital media such as video games, virtual reality and mobile apps to reduce sexual risk-taking. He discussed the use of virtual worlds which he compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series from the 1980s. These virtual spaces simulate real-world environments and encourage users to make smart, healthy choices to mitigate risk.    

John received a PhD in social psychology from the University of Southern California and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

To learn more, watch the interview below.