A New Way to Prevent HIV and AIDS
The project was ordered by Tomsk Regional Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases.
It embraces a mobile game, the website http://sweeperaids.ru, Vkontakte and Facebook communities, and offline initiatives. Guidance materials, audiovisual aids, and adventure games for school, college and university students are to be released in 2015.
The critical task in the creation of the project was to get the attention of young people by using tools which are familiar to them and which have little been used for HIV prevention so far, i.e. mobile apps, social networks, and other tools in the longer term.
The central figure of the game is the robot created by Soviet students in Tomsk in the 1960’s as part of a secret project. The main character is called Sweeper, or S.W.E.E.P.E.R., which may be presented as an acronym (for Super Wellness, Energy & Endurance Protection Electronic Robot, for instance). The protagonist is a robot because the hazardshe will face - viruses, syringes, or other dislikable objects - cannot harm the machine. The built-in autoclave allows the robot to destroy all sorts of viruses during the disinfection process
S.W.E.E.P.E.R. App Overview
A robot comes to life in an isolated section of a polytechnic university museum deep in Siberia. Having escaped from the showcase in the secret room, little Sweeper sets out to save the city from the epidemic of AIDS, synthetic drugs, and vicious bacteria.
Sweeper is armed with a usual sweep broom, and his greatest joy is to do his job well and to find fresh batteries during his raids.
Three test levels have been available in the prototype of the game released on December 1, 2014: Wooden Sloboda, Commuter Belt, and Campus. A new bonus level is to be released in 2015.