The NIH of the Federal Government is spending over a million dollars on a disgusting program. The Free Beacon reports:
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $1.7 million on a virtual reality game for young men who have sex with men.
“Tough Talks” is a virtual simulation that allows young gay men to practice how to tell their partner they have HIV, using virtual reality technology. A technology training company—Georgia-based Virtually Better, Inc.—as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are creating the game.
Sixty-seven percent of young gay men do not disclose their HIV status to first-time sex partners, according to the grant behind the study. Researchers see virtual reality as a solution.
“Given the potential benefits and challenges associated with disclosure, there is a need for sophisticated interventions that can assist [men who have sex with men] MSM, with the disclosure process,” the grant states. “Virtual reality provides a unique environment for users to practice HIV disclosure.”
This is yet another example of an agency burning taxpayer funds on stupid programs.
I agree with you Dave. Even if the govt was fiscally responsible, it is not the job of the govt to do things like this. In fact, I wish the whole govt would shut down for a long time and then maybe we could get back to common decency and sense.
They can waste money on shit like this but won’t fund the border wall. It’s time to fire congress & start over.
Wasteful spending indeed! People are responsible for their own personal actions. The sexually confused should “man up” and tell their other confused partner that they have a deadly sexually transmitted disease.
At least this is a little better than shrimp running on treadmills, I’ll never forget that one.