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Weekly Links Roundup 3/2/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education

It’s Friday again ONE Condoms supporters and when Friday rolls around it’s time for ONE’s weekly links roundup! Below you’ll find news stories from the last week regarding condoms, safe sex, and sex education. Be sure to check out the developments in mandatory condom use for porn actors, QR Condoms, and the “Study Sex College Tour,” all of which have been rocking the sexual health world this past week.

If you’d like to share any additional stories we may have missed please leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear what else is going on in spreading safe sex awareness.

Condoms

Condoms In Porn Petition: Los Angeles County Measure Could Make It To November

Condom users make big mistakes that can lead to pregnancy, STDs

Women’s Condom Use Drops During 1st Year of College

QR Codes on Condoms: ‘Check-Ins’ Let You Share Your Safe Sex

Money Seems to Matter for Teen Girls, Condoms

China enforces new condom rule

Safe Sex

Zac Efron Earns a Boy Scout Safe Sex Badge

Program Increases Safe Sex Practices in Latina Women

Condom use 101: Basic errors are so common, study finds

Sex Education

Sex education should be a joint responsibility of parents, teachers

'Study Sex College Tour' makes Sex Ed cool, prioritizes pleasure

Utah Will Be Damned if Sex Ed Classes Teach About Anything Sex-y

Seniors and sex: Education important at any age

Randi Zuckerberg Takes on AIDS with Social Media

        

Your social media feeds are most likely filled with messages about #superbowl, #tombrady, or #justinbieber, but soon it might be filled with messages about AIDS in Africa.

Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s former director of marketing, recently launched a new “social media syndicate” intended to push out important messages to raise social issue awareness. She plans on coordinating with the “1,000 most influential individual publishers” to start caring more about social issues to solve world problems, Zukerberg said. R to Z Media’s goal is to “help provide a structure for passionate social changers to unite them.” 

The company’s first mission is to end the fight of mother-to-child AIDS transmission by 2015. This goal aligns with many other organizations who are also committed to making this goal a reality. With over 400,000 babies are born with AIDS every year, this seems to be a lofty goal. However, UN experts say this is possible if governments (mostly in Africa, businesses, and non-governmental organizations work on prevention and distribution.

R to Z aims to leverage influential social media users to focus on the same issue at the same time. Zuckerberg states that when “you have a lot of different people who stand for different causes, but not in a unified manner,” this weakens the impact of the messages.

By following these influencers’ messages, it puts pressure on people to act on certain causes. The company will ultimately serve as a way to raise funds for awareness to certain causes. Take the recent SOPA anti-piracy bill put into effect. User generated social media outcry was a unified example of coordinated messaging from millions of people that had great impact. The tweets you send can help make it feel as if you’ve participated in making social change happen. However, just by tweeting and facebooking, this will not ultimately solve all of the world’s problems. It’s necessary to take physical action as well.

ONE® Condoms encourages making a difference in your community by spreading the universal practice of safe sex message. ONE® is also committed to eliminating the AIDS virus. A portion of every ONE® Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

Would you help spread the message of certain unified causes to make a more drastic impact?

It’s Official - Condoms Required for Porn Actors

     

Actors in adult movies in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms in all future adult films to be made. The city’s law was singed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday. 

The law will take effect 41 days from it being signed.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation president, Michael Weinstein, has pushed for such a measure for 6 years. “The city of Los Angeles has done the right thing for the performers,” he stated.

This adoption of this law is essential in protecting adult film actors from HIV/AIDS and other STI’s. Also, with the average age of children watching porn (11 years old) getting younger every year, porn is starting to replace positive sex education. This law will impact the way teenagers understand and experience safe sex behaviors including necessary condom use. 

As much as 90% of porn films produced in the U.S. are made in Los Angeles and most are filmed in the city’s suburb of San Fernando Valley. 

This regulation could force porn industry leaders out of the porn capital of the U.S and move to counties just outside of Los Angeles. Surrounding counties’ mayors have announced similar proposals to their city councils in case this move does happen.

The law requires filmmakers to pay a fee (still to be determined) that is used for spot checks at filming locations. It is still unclear who and how the law will be enforced. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is determined to keep track on where porn producers go, and pushes for similar legislation in those areas.

One thing is certain, protecting people’s lives is at the forefront of this legislation. 

ONE® Condoms is for this mandate on positive condom use in the porn industry. ONE® seeks to protect and promote universal positive safe sex behavior. A portion of every ONE Condoms sale goes to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

Are you personally for or against this Los Angeles law that was just signed into effect and do you think condoms in porn is a good idea?

Safe is Sexy Pillow Fight Campaign by Designers Against AIDS

In Antwerp, Belgium, Designers Against AIDS recently used interactive billboards for passers-by to join in on a virtual pillow fight with Belgian supermodel Hennelore Knuts.

Travelers and commuters enjoyed groundbreaking entertainment as thy waited for their trains by partaking in a larger than life pillow fight. As people passed the massive projection screen, they would see themselves hit by Hennelore with a feather-filled pillow.

The interactive screen was part of a campaign by Belgian fashion label JBC and marked the launch of the Designers Against AIDS by JBC Fashion Collection. This Collection will raise funds for Designers Against AIDS. DAA is an international charity that uses pop culture and design to raise awareness for AIDS and to promote safe sex. 

ONE® Condoms appreciates creative marketing initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS. A portion of every ONE® Condoms purchase goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

You can Check out the DAA campaign here.

America’s Sexual Health Problem

A recent study has found that the majority of Americans don’t use condoms. The study found that 6 out of 10 (60%) men and women didn’t use any form of protection against HIV/AIDS when they lost their virginity. The study examined the sexual habits of 26,000 people in 26 countries and found the U.S. to be behind in condom use. 

The justification of this risk taking is that 49% of respondents said they were confident their sexual partner was free of any STI. Despite this confidence, 20% of those in a relationship admitted they were unsure of their partner’s sexual history. After the act, nearly 24% of all U.S. women say the lack of condom use was a mistake that they regretted.

One way to expel these risky sexual behaviors is to enhance efforts to educate teens about safe sex well before they have become sexually active. Since, nearly half of all high school teenagers have had sex already, it is time to start introducing safe sex practices earlier. 

This study has highlighted how important it is to continue to foster sex positive education programs to make sexually active Americans of all ages aware of all the possible risks.

ONE® Condoms directly supports sexual education efforts and universal positive condom use. A portion of every ONE® Condoms purchase goes to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

Poster Art as a Weapon in the War Against AIDS

                           

Since the AIDS epidemic erupted in 1981, many creative mediums have tried to communicate awareness of the disease by urging people and governments to act, listen, and learn. The inexpensive poster quickly became the weapon of choice in combatting AIDS. Visual design has played a huge role in spreading knowledge for the war against AIDS. Today protest materials such as Keith Harring’s work (portrayed above) are considered modern masterpieces.

Posters became the best method of communicating the AIDS virus because of their low-cost nature, ease of replacement, and their impact on public visibility. Posters have a way of grabbing attention in order to encourage action. Poster creators wanted to”claim power and attention,” for their cause, according to art historian Joan Saab. Protestors would say “if the state or the institutions aren’t going to support the cause, we’re going to do it ourselves.” This generated massive public strength against the virus. The posters were meant to educate populations that were unaware of the disease and its dangers.

Today, AIDS posters are not as commonplace as in the past. The AIDS virus has become more normalized and become more acceptable to talk about these days. Now, it’s written into sexual education curriculums and is tested for in pregnant women’s prenatal care. 30 years ago, people didn’t know what it was or how it spread. Due to the prevalence of visual art, people now know about AIDS.

Although many points of views have been visually represented throughout time, the poster gave way for all audiences to find their own point of entry to the AIDS discussion.

For more on AIDS posters, visit this article on "30 Years of AIDS: 6,200 Iconic Posters, 100 Countries, 1 Collector"

A portion of every ONE® Condoms sale goes to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad. ONE® Condoms supports self-expression and visual storytelling to emphasize important public topics.

                 

Getting to Zero: World AIDS Day Turns 30!

                     

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. People all over the world today are uniting and showing their support in the fight against HIV/AIDS and commemorating people who have died from the disease. 33.3 million people are living with HIV globally and nearly 25 million people have died since 1981 from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, an exclusive World AIDS Day Event featuring President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Bono, Alicia Keys and others is taking place in Washington, DC. This live broadcast takes place Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 am EST, 3pm GMT.

You can watch it here: bit.ly/rza445

ONE Condoms wants to see the elimination of this pandemic by 2015. On World AIDS Day, you can:

ONE donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad. You can also support the great work LifeBeat does with AIDS awareness by purchasing the LIFEBEAT ONE Condoms pack here: ONE Condoms/LIFEBEAT Pack

So, what will you be doing on World AIDS Day to help realize an AIDS free world?

Sex Education views from Americans,Canadiens and the British.

A new survey of 4,014 citizens from the US, the UK, and Canada has revealed that there are varying attitudes and opinions on what topics should be addressed when discussing sexual education. 

All three countries believe that parents or guardians should be primarily responsible for teaching sex education to children and teens at some level. 

However, you start to see differences of opinion when you start talking about when to begin sex education. 24% of Canadians wish to start sex ed courses at age 9 or earlier, compared with 13% of Americans and 17% of British who feel this way. Nearly 33% of residents in each country believe the best time to start sex education is between 12 and 13 years old.

As for sex education in schools, 10% of Americans, 3% of Canadians & 2% of British are against courses in schools. All three countries believe Sex Education is necessary, but what should it teach is not agreed upon. 

90% of people in the three countries believe topics like pregnancy, birth control, venereal diseases, sexual abuse, and bullying should be discussed. Check out the chart below for additional sex education topics.

             

We see more differences when respondents look back on their sexual education and what influenced them. 

              

All three countries agreed that conversations with friends were useful & that the media, & sex education courses influenced them.

Overall, Americans believe the main source for sex education should come from the family. The British appear to be dissatisfied with sex education courses with only 43% of them calling it “useful”. Canadians,on the other hand, are the most open to discussing pleasure and homosexuality, and want to see sex education courses start at an earlier age.

ONE Condoms believes quality sex education is integral to creating a healthy society. In fact,ONE donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts in the US and Internationally.

What do you think is the best way to teach sex education? Is it through friends, sex ed courses, the media, online or your family?

Condom Art at Centre Pompidou in Paris

From November 22 to December 5, 2011, installation artist Bryan McCormack will highlight a hall of condoms on 6 floors of the National Modern Art Museum of France (Centre Pompidou). The artist has chosen to multiply the condom and take it out of its normal context as to create a motif of protection seen in a new light.

"Condoms evoke imagery not only of protection from STI’s but also symbolize the male gender, sexuality, eroticism, religion, customs and values. Thru art, I’d like to eliminate all associations around it and consider the condom as an object beyond its functionality", says McCormack.

As you walk through the hall and to the middle of the installation, you are spun into a mix of your own associations with condoms coupled with consistent condom repetition designed to liberate your perceptions. The installation is paired with environmental sound and music.

ONE Condoms supports self-expression and art especially in the pursuit of research against AIDS. ONE donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

Do you think that the exhibit will spark a discussion to combat religious negativity surrounding condom use?

Testosterone Overloaded ‘Macho’ Men More Likely to Practice Safe Sex

      

In a recent study conducted at the University of Michigan, testosterone loaded guys aged 18 and 19 were found to have a more accepting attitude towards condoms and safe sex practices than low-testosterone males. High testosterone levels are linked to boldness, confidence, and high risk life choices. These results are the first to demonstrate a link between higher testosterone levels and less risk-taking in any domain to date.

According to researcher Sari van Anders, “safe sex behaviors and people who engage with them can be seen in a negative light. The ‘social risk’ of insisting on using a condom might require more boldness and confidence than having unprotected sex.” The new findings reveal that safe sex could feel like a riskier move than unprotected sex does to men.

The study consisted of 78 men answering questions about their health, sexual activity, and attitudes towards condom use. Each man provided a saliva sample to measure testosterone levels. 

The results revealed that men with higher testosterone levels had more positive attitudes about safe sex than lower-testosterone men. It’s possible that men get an ego boost (and testosterone boost) from safe-sex practices since it signifies them as knowledgeable about sex and bumps up their social status. Although this study was focused just on attitudes, actual behavioral research is in the works to see whether the testosterone-safe sex link holds up behaviorally.

ONE Condoms will be tracking the development of this research as more findings come to light. ONE wants to make condoms as socially acceptable as toothpaste and safe sex as second nature as wearing a seatbelt. ONE Condoms donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

So, tell us fellas. Do you think you high T levels make more accepting of safe sex practices?