UNAIDS employs latest tech to encourage youth to know HIV status

Ahead of World AIDS Day, which takes place on 1 December, UNAIDS is releasing a series of virtual reality (VR) films focused on HIV testing.

Using the latest technology, the films help to demystify HIV testing. With goggles that viewers can wear for a full VR experience, the aim is to reach young people who may want to know their HIV status but are afraid or worried about taking an HIV test.

In the films, a group of talented young people re-enact several scenarios of a young woman’s journey to find out her HIV status. Going from her home to a local health clinic, the films allow viewers to explore different settings through a 360-degree experience.

Makhulu Media, a South African production company produced the VR films, with guidance from UNAIDS and the support of Google, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the Children's Radio Foundation, which were filmed entirely in the township of Nyanga, near Cape Town, South Africa.

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After Twitter extended its character limit from 140 to 280 in November 2017, there was a bit of an uproar.

Stephen King and JK Rowling were among the voices arguing that the 140 character constraint actually spurred creativity. Others speculated that the enforced brevity mitigated information overload.

Some even resorted to using a Google Chrome extension to cap their tweets at the original 140 characters.

Now, the company has analysed the impact of the increased character limit and released the data. Some of the results are surprising. The number of tweets with a question mark has increased by 30%. Why would this be? How does a seemingly unrelated change—a higher character limit—impact the ways that we have conversations?

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