Science (03/12/93) Vol. 259, No. 5101, P. 1537 (Flam, Faye)
A new HIV/AIDS educational game has been developed
specifically for classroom use. "AIDS Is No Game" teaches
teenagers about HIV and AIDS by asking questions like, "Can
HIV be spread by sharing eye make-up?" or "A drop below what
number of T-4 helper cells usually marks the early stages of
AIDS?" The game separates the class into two teams, which are
then questioned about AIDS research, medicine, prevention
strategies, and social issues. The game is designed and
marketed by Programming Concepts Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.
The "AIDS is No Game" features buttons with pictures of HIV,
an "Epidemic Watch" poster that lets students follow track the
spread of HIV throughout the United States, dice playing
cards, and pre- and post-game tests. The game, which costs
$300, is being promoted as an "educational vaccine," on the
basis that education is the best means to avoid HIV infection.