November #139 : I Got Tested for HIV... And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt - by Nicole Joseph

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I Got Tested for HIV... And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

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November 2007

I Got Tested for HIV... And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

by Nicole Joseph

What does it take to get youth to learn their HIV status? Tactics range from shockvertisements, showing the trials of living with the virus, to early sex ed. But in today’s goodie-bag culture, a free T-shirt can speak way louder than words. Randy Shepherd of Werd! Interactive, a software company that offered an HIV-themed mobile-phone game to kids who got tested last year, says, “Any motivational tool is a good thing.” Below, some parting gifts.

 Prize  Rap concert tickets
Two free mobile-phone games  Gift certificate raffle entry   T-shirt with HIV slogan
 Place  Houston, Texas
June, 2007
 Huntsville, Alabama
June, 2006
 Des Moines, Iowa
June 2006
Kampala, Uganda
March, 2006
 Presenter KBXX 97.9 The Box, Texas state representative Borris Miles and the TexStars Foundation Project   Werd! Interactive
The AIDS Project of Central Iowa  Fight Against AIDS 
 Particulars Fans of stars Lil Wayne and Kelly Rowland got a free ticket to see the artists perform if they took an HIV test; recipients had to be between the ages of 15 and 30.
Mobile users received a free code to download the games: They could play one while waiting for their test results and one after they got home from the clinic.
This event offered free testing for HIV and hepatitis—along with free food, gift bags and a raffle entry for a $100 gift certificate from a local mall.  Lecturers and students at Makerere University, Uganda's largest college, received a free self-testing kit and a T-shirt that read "Just do it, Know your status." 

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