“This happened to me! A lot of people need to see this!”
At the end of A Story about Toni, Mike, and Valerie, the HIV risk reduction message is communicated as the heroine revisits each high-risk scene and, this time, re-enacts the scene with power, making different choices and with freedom to act intentionally, that is, to go after what she wants, and not be turned away from what she wants so that a man can get what he wants.
Yes, there are ways that both men and women in a relationship can be powerful together.
The viewer becomes involved in the characters’ dilemmas and how they transition to higher power sex scripts. By grounding the stories in urban women’s own experience, through the soap opera, women identify with the heroine’s emotionally charged process of change.
A Story about Toni, Mike, and Valerie was pilot tested on handheld computers. Handheld computers offer the advantages of privacy and mobility. In a randomized controlled pilot study, we found women who watched this video tended to feel less of a need to have unprotected sex to hold onto a man and also, that they enjoyed the videos on the small computers.
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