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 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
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 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
Condom Designs by Keith Herring in Garage Magazine
A recent issue in Garage Magazine, an art and culture publication, is devoted to the theme of sex and relationships. Among the topics of the legalization of gay marriage, the development of fertilization treatments, and internet dating, is a section of artist designed condoms.
The featured artists behind the condom illustrations are none other than Keith Herring, Mat Collishaw, Tim Noble, and Sue Webster. We are particularly intrigued by Keith Herring’s as he never ceases to fail in creating relatable and interesting graphics. The condoms are available in every copy of the magazine.
ONE® Condoms supports all forms of self-expression, particularly that which spreads messages of safe sex and universal condom use. ONE® Condoms feature more than 200 different designs, with many created by customers like you. Every year we’re looking for new designs for our next series of condoms. We want your help in creating the next generation of ONE® Condoms through our foil wrapper competition.
You can submit your own ONE® Condoms designs through our design contest here. So express yourself. Push the envelope and show us what you’ve got!
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?
Weekly Links Roundup 12/30/11 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
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.
Risky Sex Behaviors Due to Alcohol
This holiday party season, it’s important to remember when drinking that if you don’t stay sober, stay safe by carrying a condom and using ONE®. Unsafe sex is the most common cause of HIV/AIDS infection rates and finding ways to relieve AIDS infections directly start with preventing unsafe sex.
Alcohol use has long been associated with HIV incidences yet no evidence has proven it. A recent study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto has found that as blood alcohol content rises, so does the likeliness of engaging in unsafe sex.
According to the study, for each 0.1 milligrams per milliliter increase in blood alcohol level, there was a 5% increase in a participant’s likelihood of having unsafe sex. The more the participants drank, the more willing they were to engage in unsafe sex.
12 experiments tested the cause and effect relationship of alcohol. What it concluded was that alcohol affects decision-making and this effect increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Jurgen Rehm, the principal researcher said that “drinking has a causal effect on the likelihood to engage in unsafe sex, and thus should be included as a major factor in preventive efforts for HIV.”
One thing is certain, the more you drink this holiday season, the more likely you will be to partake in unsafe sex. Remember even in a drunken stupor it’s important to protect yourself against HIV/AIDS and let this study guide you to safety.
ONE® Condoms directly supports sex education efforts and safe sex. You can stay safe this season ONE® Condoms here.
For a more scientific view on the study, visit NHS Choices here.
Do you personally believe that the more alcohol you intake, the more likely you are to have unprotected sex?
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?