Posts Tagged ‘AIDS facts’

Jaime Foxx and Ludacris for HIV prevention campaign “I know”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


On March, 4th Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started a new media campaign “I know”. The goal of this program is to encourage African-American population to discuss issues about HIV and AIDS. The venues of the program include popular social media – Facebook and Twitter,  just to name a few. People know plenty of information about HIV/AIDS , but it’s not as “hot” of a topic anymore in casual conversation. Treatment from HIV/AIDS became more powerful, there are not as many deaths anymore. At the same time, African-American community suffers more than any other communities from this devastating disease (statistics show young African Americans have one of the highest rates of HIV in the United States).

Our celebrities, including actor Jaime Foxx and singer Ludacris, came out with public announcements. If people will go for testing, start using condoms or just discussing those issues more often, than “I know” campaign will succeed.

Condom distribution at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010


Olympics condom

It started with this news report


During 17 days of Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control distributed 100,000 condoms. Then, when a rumor started that there was a shortage, a new shipment of 8,500 additional condoms came from the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. 

Free condoms were distributed not just among athletes, but also to security, maintenance and volunteers. They were handed out in public bathrooms of the pavilions, when people were attending free concerts. Volunteers participated in the condoms distribution. 

Clay Adams of Vancouver Coastal Health said, “When you’ve got a global audience like this, it’s a huge opportunity to educate the world”.

He also mentioned that 40 000 condoms out of 100 000 condoms were distributed among athletes. 

Adams said, “Indications are that Vancouver topped the podium for Winter Olympics. Although we recently heard that they issued 35 million condoms for Mardi Gras in Rio, so I suppose we all have a long, long way to go to reach that mark.”

The first time free condoms were handed out at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. But Vancouver marked this story as the first time getting shortage of condoms in the history of Olympics.

 Thanks Canada for raising AIDS awareness!

The following video gives you a funny summary on the story

Condoms in Africa protect blind people against AIDS

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

In Zimbabwe, Association for Disabled People insists for condom description to be done in Braille to assist the blind people to have “safe sex”.

In addition, activist’s voices raised to warn that blind people are going to be exterminated since   many of them are buying expired condoms.

“We will surely be exterminated by the Aids pandemic. The notion that people with visual impairments do not engage in sexual activities hence should be left out of programmes on HIV/AIDS should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves,” says one of them to Sunday News.

“We are also sexually active or even more active than able-bodied people and we need the same protection from the Aids scourge.”

The Braille is a language that used by blind people to read and write. Braille founded by a blind person Louis Braille in 1821.

To make matters worse, some people in Zimbabwe think that if you are intimate with a person with disabilities, you will be cured from HIV/AIDS.

Aids Awareness Kawasaki style

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

In Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, people celebrate the Kanamara Matsuri or “The Penis Festival.” Kawasaki is located within 20 minute train ride from Tokyo, between Tokyo and Yokohama. It celebrated around a local shrine, shaped like penis, where it was common among prostitutes to pray for protection against STD and AIDS. This festival became a tour highlight. It usually takes place first Sunday in April.This  festival raises funds for AIDS research.

Condom in Africa is not just for safe sex, but for soccer ball.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

World organizations are making tremendous efforts to promote safe sex techniques in Africa. Condom use becomes especially important in a major was against STDs and AIDS. At the same time, the overall poverty is not going away in those countries. I found astonishing the way this teeenager is using a condom to make a soccer ball.

Adriana Bertini + Condom = Fashion

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


As reported in, brazilian designer Adriana Bertini is selling her outfits, made from condoms. We already praised the designs of this Brazilian fashion forward artist before in our article  Condom Couture in 2009. Just take a look at  those incredible creations and think how much talent she dedicated to the cause of fighting AIDS. Way to go Adriana!

You can get in touch with Adriana by contacting her via Email printed on the poster.

Condom Couture Is In Fashion for 2009!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

What do health, beauty and love have in common?

You guessed it right – we desire them. To promote health issues people come out with great ideas, as fashion shows (the beauty). Then they add love and make outfits from… condoms.

This October, the Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio will be hosting an exciting event, their second annual Proper Attire “Condom Couture” Fashion Show. Students from the Columbus College of Art & Design will be competing for cash prizes in a runway show where the clothing is made using condoms.

However, this organization wasn’t the first group to plan events like this, and many events in the last few years have involved dresses made out of condoms. Interestingly, most of these events have also been linked to AIDS awareness.

Back in 2006, Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini began exhibiting dresses made out of condoms in an event called Dress Up Against AIDS, which appeared in a number of cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles.

During 2007, students at a university in Oregon held the University Condom Fashion Show as part of World AIDS Day, which was essentially the same type of event as the one coming to Ohio in October. This event had over 250 people attending and dozens of participants.  The event was so successful that, in December of 2008, they held the same event again.

In 2008  the “Condom Couture” charity fashion show was taken place in San Francisco. One of Project Runway contestants Jack Mackenroth  designed a beautiful wedding dress. It was made from condoms and proceeds from the show were donated to HIV-treatment information programs.

Jack Mackenroth was also a presenter at  Academy of Art University where fashion students created outfits made of condoms for Project Informs Evening of Hope: A Night of Lifesaving Fashion.

Overall, these events generally attract a crowd and help teach people about the importance of condom use in order to prevent diseases such as AIDS.
Condom couture fashion show dedicated to AIDS awareness was a success on UT Austin campus in 2009.

A benefit for Nebraska AIDS project was done in 2009.

New Ideas of promoting Condoms use and safe sex techniques

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The entire world turned upside down. However, no matter what is going outside of our persona, we are still coming back to our own world, related to the needs and necessities of everyday life. In addition, no matter how old are you, the issues about safe sex are getting your attention. It is about your teen aging kids, relatives, friends or you. Majority of us are intimidated to discuss that subject. The thing is, even with creative media campaigns and popular events promotions, the message is still not wide spread.  New Ideas of promoting Condoms use are really different from just regular discussions. We happened to read an article on Safe sex ideas that raise eyebrows by Meghan Holohan. The article is about different ways to promote safe sex products. We found it very interesting. Please, take a moment and read it. 

How the condom is made

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009


I was recently browsing through different sites and looking for an interesting video about condoms. With my surprise, I found very informative one on The following video is about the entire process of making condoms.

I mesmerized by watching it, because I never thought how much talent, knowledge and energy is involved in such a simple thing as making a condom. Especially interesting was the part where they explain how the condom tested for leakage.

Condom is an ancient creation from 2000 years back in history. During the history of humanity changes were made in the technological process, materials (from natural skin to latex or polyurethane) . But the idea, the purpose and basic shape are still the same.

How many more human inventions do you know what are still around after all those years?

Condom was and still is the best method of prevention from unwanted pregnancy, AIDS and STD.