The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people aged between 13 and 64 years old to be tested for HIV. If you‘re too much concerned about your health, that’s a good sign that you care for yourself and those around you. Check out I’m positive: a free interactive narrative about a character named Tim as he contracts, gets tested for, and lives with HIV.
The mini-games put you in the shoes of Tim, who discovers that he may have contracted HIV from a former partner. You are then required to choose necessary actions in the process of being diagnosed with HIV. For a rapid test, a sample of blood is drawn from a finger prick or you have to undergo a mouth swab test. The rapid HIV test is very simple and fast. You‘ll get the results in less than 30 minutes. For a confirmatory result, you’re required to undergo multiple blood tests in the lab. You’re likely to get the report in a week. Next, you are prescribed some medications which have to be taken regularly. Once you follow the instructions, you can keep the levels of the virus at bay and gradually increase the CD4 cell count which prevents HIV from developing into AIDS
The most interesting part of the game is the texts. These are the conversations with the nurse at the clinic, whom you can get clarifications about HIV and AIDS: the cause for being contracted it, what are the changes in your body, the wrong assumptions associated with it that prevent people from being screened and the kind of medication required to keep it at bay.
Most people believe that HIV and AIDS is a Gay disease. I’m Positive answers all your questions, relieves fear and creates HIV awareness among people. I’m positive was initially created for the CDC and HHS games for Health Game Jam 2014, and is available as a free download for Linux, OSX and Windows with mobile versions coming soon.