AIDS: Prevention without raising fears
by Andrea Schuster
Berlin. – The Robert Koch Institute has announced an increase in the number of HIV
infections in the first half-year of 2007. A cure for this deadly disease has still not
yet been found. The only protection is education. Ministries, organizations and
private firms offer information material on this topic. A good example in the AIDS
prevention game “Think Negative!®”, developed with teenagers as the target group.
“The number of HIV-infected persons living in Germany reaches a new peak“ (press release from the Robert
Koch Institute, 02.02.1999) “In Germany, the number of people with HIV increases further“ (press release
Robert Koch Institute, 25.11.2003). “The number of people living with the HIV virus world-wide, and the
number of AIDS-related deaths continues to increase” (2006 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, UNAIDS).
“Aids – the risks continue to be underestimated“ (press release of the German Federal Government,
28.11.2006). “The Robert Koch Institute registered a total of 1.334 newly diagnosed HIV infections in
Germany“ (press release Robert Koch Institute, 08.10.2007).
The statements are the same year for year. Since 1981, around 25 million people have died following the
consequences of AIDS. Of the around 40 million people infected with AIDS world-wide, 2.3 million of these
are children under 15.
Over 25 years since the outbreak of the epidemic, there is still no vaccination or cure. The only effective
protection against infection continues to be valuable prevention work. In the case of teenagers, this work is
mostly carried out by parents, teachers, in the framework of school lessons or local advice centres. The art is
to educate the children without pointing the finger and without provoking fears. This is exactly the aim of a
Berlin-based firm to which end they conceived the board game Think Negative!®, designed to provide
conversation material between adults and teenagers regarding the topic of AIDS, sexuality and
contraception. The quiz provides easier access to this sensitive topic and also provides the opportunity to
extend the game with players introducing their own rules.
The game informs the players about the essential facts about AIDS, sexually transmittable diseases, the
methods of infection and the possibilities of protection. The teenagers will become aware of the world-wide
extent of the problems of HIV/AIDS, engage with the possible methods of protection, and recognise that
AIDS is not just a problem of “fringe groups,” but is something which can affect everyone. Furthermore, they
will learn what should be considered when dealing with those who are HIV positive, which methods of contraception exist and where they are available and discuss the themes “the first time,” “HIV positive in the
friendship circle” or “contraception” in the context of a board game.
The game is available in both German and English and costs 39.80 € plus postage. It can be ordered directly
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