Stories: Condoms

  • Condom Couture and Other Ways to Fight AIDS With Art

    After 20 years of doing “condom couture,” Adriana Bertini knows she can make a dress out of old condoms in about 50 hours. But after years of carting bags packed with condom collectibles – including a wedding dress made from 80,000 sheaths – around the world, the Brazilian designer never knows how long it will take to get through the airport. ...

  • In South Africa, HIV Prevention Starts With Sex Workers

    A condom or a coffin. That is the real choice a woman faces when she decides between a man paying 40 to 400 South African rand (around $3 to $30) for sex while wearing a condom, and one paying 1,000 to 1,500 rand (around $75 to $110) for unprotected sex, explains sex worker Emily. In the city of Durban, where 53 percent of sex workers have HIV, peer...

  • Recruiters for HIV Vaccine Network Hit Up Seattle Gay Bars, Hookup Sites

    Drag performer Aleksa Manila, resplendent in a red gown with diaphanous wings, sang while two shirtless young men danced. An exhibit by gay African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, known for his striking portraits of black men, was on view. Men and women, at the Seattle Art Museum for an April event celebrating queer and transgender people of color, chatted...

  • The Flavors of Safe Sex in South Africa

    For awhile, the condoms delivered to non-profits in South Africa were plain. Simple. But then came the condom fatigue. It was the young people, said workers at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Government-issued condoms are branded “Choice” in South Africa and were called smelly or just plain boring for sexually-active teens and young people. TAC and others...