AIDS Prevention Web Soap and Forum Launched for Gay Men in L.A.
In an effort to generate discussion about AIDS prevention and reach gay men online, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is producing 12 "webisodes" focusing on the sex lives of a group of gay men in West Hollywood. Each is five minutes in length and is intended to stimulate discussion, via an online forum where viewers can comment on various issues raised by each episode of the online mini-soap opera.
The first "webisode" called "So Many Choices" depicts situations related to hooking up online, heavy drinking, and unsafe sex. In the online forum, the webisode's characters ask questions about their behavior specifically addressing those issues.
The City of West Hollywood provided funding to produce the first episode, which contains content probably too provocative for most government programs.
Said Susan Cohen, director of the Center’s Health Education and Prevention Department: We’re grateful the City of West Hollywood has funded this initiative, through our WeHoLife.org program, to promote healthy living among those who live, work and visit West Hollywood. Of course, we know it also has the potential to stimulate safer sex discussions among anyone with a computer and we will be monitoring web traffic, with the hope that we can secure funding for the remaining 11 webisodes."
VIEW the first episode, AFTER THE JUMP (warning NSFW)...