Our team has been investigating how to use Virtual Environments (VEs) to support people living with HIV and AIDS since 2001 . South Africa and other developing countries have an enormous shortage of trained professional people, and information and communications technology (ICT) can in some cases distribute scarce knowledge resources to more deprived communities . We have been asking ourselves how effective desktop VEs could be in providing emotional and information support to people who are living with HIV. How would communities respond to a support system in an environment where very few people have ever touched a computer…
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