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Online Web Soap In the Moment Posts Second Episode


The second episode of In the Moment, the gay online soap opera produced by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in an effort to generate discussion about AIDS prevention and other sex-related health issues, debuted online today. They've also enhanced their site to make it more interactive.

Inthemoment_2Director and co-creator, Dave O’Brien explains the premise behind the online advocacy series: "Young people live their lives online. We’re trying to influence the YouTube generation, so it just makes sense for us to reach them this way. And with the premier of the second episode, we’ve expanded the opportunities for visitors to the site to interact with each other. Now they can create their own profile, interact with other users directly, start new discussion threads, and post video comments. The beauty of this campaign is that it reaches anyone with a computer, anywhere, enabling people to engage anonymously if they prefer."

The first episode, which has been viewed over 30,000 times, dealt with drinking, online sex addiction, and unprotected sex. The second episode expands on those storylines with questions about honesty in relationships where the partners have had unprotected sex with others.

Said Alton Carswell, program manager for the Center’s HIV prevention program: "We’re portraying these provocative situations to stimulate dialogue and because they’re real world issues some young gay men face. By getting people to think about and discuss these issues in advance, we hope they’ll make better decisions should they face a similar situation. Obviously we aren’t suggesting all these issues are common to gay men in general."

Watch the new episode, AFTER THE JUMP...

Find more videos like this on In The Moment

Comment on the episode, and visit the site here.

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  1. Is Karl Lagerfeld in this?

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 10, 2008 10:46:46 AM

  2. This looks awesome. Shame there don't seem to be many people talking about the episodes on the forum...

    I guess the problem is, the people who watch the show and comment are probably those who know how to protect themselves against HIV already, and are used to talking about the social, emotional and sexual issues that surround HIV.

    The guys in it are hot which helps.

    Sean xx

    Posted by: Sean Green | Apr 10, 2008 12:44:17 PM

  3. WOW. so cool guy,does he still play on the tall dating site ~~~ ~~~ ???The last time I saw his profile is last monday, hope he does not leave.

    Posted by: cora | Apr 11, 2008 4:47:45 AM

  4. Aloha,

    I would like to add something about some forgotten people living outside of the scope of most all philanthropic organization’s purview and beyond many governmental programs. A Guam-based AIDS Service Organization (GUAHAN Project, with very limited funds provides HIV prevention and care services to impoverished people who live in the U.S. affiliated Pacific region--American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam--which suffers enormous health disparities due in part to limited Federal assistance, and in part due to the post-colonial era annual per capita income: for example, it is only $2,900 in the Marshall Islands, and $2,300 in the Federated States of Micronesia. For comparison, the U.S. annual per capita income is $46,000. This organization and the fragile societies of incredibly unique, indigenous people it serves really need support. A small donation to the GUAHAN Project can make a huge difference in stemming the tide of HIV in these small, culturally rich enclaves that could be destroyed by HIV/AIDS.

    Posted by: KD Patrick | Apr 20, 2008 3:09:53 AM

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