A Review of Serious Gaming as an Intervention for HIV Prevention

Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2023 Aug;20(4):181-205. doi: 10.1007/s11904-023-00659-9. Epub 2023 May 22.


Purposeof review: Young people face the highest number of new HIV infections globally. With today's increasing access to smartphones, serious games have been viewed as an effective means of improving knowledge and behavioral outcomes. This systematic review describes current HIV prevention serious games and their relationship with HIV-related knowledge and behavioral outcomes.

Recent findings: A search of HIV prevention serious games was conducted using PubMed, CINAL, IEEE, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. A total of 31 papers were identified, which consist of 20 studies and 11 protocols. Results for knowledge, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors were mixed. Two interventions reported improvement in PrEP usage and optimal dosing. Gaming appears to be a viable and engaging method to improve knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral outcomes to promote HIV prevention among diverse groups of adolescents and young adults globally. However, additional research is needed to understand how to implement this modality effectively.

Keywords: AIDs; Gaming; HIV; Intervention; Serious games.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • HIV Infections* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Video Games*
  • Young Adult