The group Vergiss AIDS nicht, or “Don’t forget AIDS,” released their game “Cock Out” for the December 1 day of awareness, aiming to “animate” the struggle to stop the disease and promote condom use.
“Every fourth young person doesn’t use a condom their first time,” spokesperson for the activist organisation Heiko Schüßling said in a statement. “In particular, boys think that contraception is a girl’s problem and thus also forget about the dangers of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.”
According to Vergiss Aids nicht, younger generations are increasingly ignorant about the virus, with only 38 percent of 16 to 20-year-olds reporting they believe it to be dangerous.
Under the mantra “learning by doing,” the organisation hopes the game that uses an anatomical “joystick” will get young men thinking about protection through “multi-sensory learning.”
After receiving the special digital condom in the mail, players turn on their webcam, don the device, and use it to step into a virtual boxing ring as a proud cartoon penis character to battle a green-eyed cartoon HIV character who embodies the virus that causes AIDS.
“In addition to glory and honour, the player also gets lots of information on the themes of HIV and AIDS,” the statement said.