Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Feds' Safe-sex Comic Books for Kids

Subsequent to recently reported statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control revealing a soaring rate of black boys as young as 13 being infected with HIV from homosexual men, the CDC has contracted for printed comic books and videos targeting children.

For background, read Majority of New HIV Cases from Homosexual Behavior

-- From "CDC to fight HIV with comic books" by David Saleh Rauf, Politico 9/12/11

The Centers for Disease Control is going to help fight HIV with comic books and the Internet.

The agency last week awarded a roughly $145,000 contract to Atlanta-based comic book publisher Terminus Media, which specializes in multimedia, according to documents filed on a government procurement site.

The objective: create a digital motion comic that can be delivered on devices like iPads and Xbox 360s for a new HIV awareness campaign aimed at folks ages 15 to 24.

The CDC described the digital comics as “a low-cost, revisable, scalable, innovative, technology-based health communication intervention.”

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From "Targeted STI intervention strategies urged for youth with HIV" posted at Pediatric SuperSite 9/14/11

Risk reduction interventions that specifically target adolescents with HIV are needed to reduce sexually transmitted infections, according to a study published online this month.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the CDC reported on data from the Longitudinal Epidemiologic Study to Gain Insight into HIV/AIDS in Children and Youth (LEGACY). The study compiled data on sexual behaviors from medical records of both perinatally and behaviorally infected youth with HIV.

According to the researchers, 195 of 571 (34%) youths who contracted HIV perinatally and 162 of 181 (89%) who contracted HIV through behaviors were currently sexually active. . . .

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Example of the work of Terminus Media (video):