Study co-investigator Christopher Coleman, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, says "Reality Check" will be shown on video monitors on public buses during 27-week period.
Each three-minute episode of the show will display for one week on buses on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each episode explores relationships and decision-making among a group of young African-Americans, with an underlying message to get tested for human immunodeficiency virus, Coleman says.
Back episodes will be available on a YouTube link on the transit company Web site.
"Developing age and culturally appropriate interventions to promote a healthier lifestyle among this population is paramount to their survival and to the health of their sex partners," Coleman says in a statement. "This is a study that could yield a wide-reaching, cost effective intervention."
The researchers say they will conduct anonymous bus stop surveys of 1,600 African-American ages 14-24 who ride the bus in impoverished areas immediately after an episode and three and six months after it is shown.