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Prevention, Papua New Guinea style

Science  11 Jul 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6193, pp. 160-161
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6193.160

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In the mountainous, remote Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, people gather in makeshift cinema houses to watch videos that feature people from their communities who became infected by HIV. The stars of the videos come to viewings, too, speaking with the audience about their experiences, as well as about measures they can take to protect themselves and the effective antiretroviral treatment available if they do become infected. Made by students at the University of Goroka, the videos are in the local pidgin and attract people who are not often reached by mass media campaigns that attempt to educate the public about HIV/AIDS.