5th November 2002

 

CD-ROM FOR SEXUAL HEALTH

 

Who wants to be sexually aware? That’s the question posed by four Computing graduates of the University of Lincoln in Hull who have developed a sexual health CD-ROM for the NHS.

 

The Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Partnership based at Conifer House on Prospect Street asked the students to come up with a CD-ROM aimed at young people.

 

They developed a computer game which is to be sent on CD-ROM to every school and youth club in Hull and the East Riding to promote sexual health and awareness.

 

“We had an old board game which we liked so we asked them students to develop an updated version,” said Linzi Westoby, development manager at Conifer House.

 

“They eventually came up with a version of the TV quiz show called ‘Who Wants to be Sexually Aware?’

 

“The quizmaster is a pink condom and there are 200 questions related to sexual health - it’s quite difficult and it does take a while to go through, and if you get knocked out you have to start at the beginning again!

 

“The game will go towards helping to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Hull and the East Riding and reduce the amount of sexually transmitted infections.”

 

The CD-ROM was launched at a recent open day at Conifer House and the feedback was excellent, according to Linzi.

 

“Once we’ve sent the game free to schools and youth clubs we’re going to look at our marketing and try to sell it nationwide,” she said. “There’s nothing in it that will date or that is specific to this area so we’re hoping it will be very popular.”

 

The graduates who developed the CD-ROM are Richard Smallwood (21) of Sculcoates Lane, Hull, James McGowan (22) of County Mayo in Eire, Christopher Gardiner (22) of Shooters Hill in London and Damian Levorato (21) of Ealing.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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