VIDEO: Interactive Theater Encourages HIV/AIDS Prevention

By Johanna Harvey and PATH | August 20, 2013

This video originally appeared on the PATH blog. 

 

In Kenya, PATH is organizing interactive street theater performances to educate communities about HIV/AIDS and prevent its spread. Called “magnet theater” due to its power to attract a crowd, the regularly scheduled performances are designed to get people talking about how traditional attitudes may be fueling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The performances address some tough topics, from  HIV and gender roles to sex. By inserting these often taboo topics into everyday conversation, these theater performances are laying the groundwork for societal attitudes to change and new social norms to take hold.

Watch the video to learn how one young man was motivated to get tested for HIV and change his behavior after participating in magnet theater:

 


Here at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), we also support programs designed to educate communities and reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission using innovative and interactive forms of community outreach.