Video: Worldwide Condom Flash Mobs Mark International Condom Day
In recognition of International Condom Day (ICD) – an informal annual celebration of safer sex held on February 13 in conjunction with Valentine's Day – AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, hosted and supported condom distribution and awareness-raising activities on every continent, spreading safer sex messages in 26 countries around the world. The majority of the activities featured “Condom Flash Mobs,” organized groups of people—dozens in some locations to several thousand in others—distributing mostly AHF's LOVE-branded condoms in high-traffic areas of each city. Many of the festive events also incorporated intricate and precise dance performances that gave the holiday the celebratory air such global unity inspires. To view a 3 minute video of the condom flash mobs around the world, please click here.
“Last year on International Condom Day, we took part in activities in 30 cities scattered throughout 15 countries worldwide,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “The fact that we have more than doubled the numbers of cities taking part in this normalization, encouragement, and education surrounding condom use shows how much these countries value safer sex as a preventive measure in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
In addition to events in the majority of the 28 countries where AHF currently provides testing, treatment, and advocacy on four continents, the nonprofit also supported Condom Day events being held by local non-government organizations (NGOs) in Greece and Portugal, as well as provided condoms for a demonstration hosted by the local activism group Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) in Melbourne, Australia. A complete list of ICD activities can be found at: http://www.aidshealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/List-of-ICD-Condom-Flash-Mob-Events.pdf
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