On my first full day during this trip to Vienna, we had a Condom Art Pin making event at Fünftes lesbischwules Straßenfest in Mariahilf.  This is an annual gay fair on a small side street, and we were invited to share some of our work with the community prior to the AIDS 2010 conference this summer.

Vending machine in the window at Condomi

Vending machine in the window at Condomi

During our time at Fünftes lesbischwules Straßenfest I had the pleasure of meeting Ingrid Mack, proprietor of the famed Condomi, a Viennese condom store of legend…  Needless to say, I was thrilled!  I bought a sexy toaster, a romantic bread stamp and a post nuptual piggy bank 😉  Can’t imagine what I’m talking about?  Before that day, I couldn’t either…

Vienna's condom store!

Vienna's condom store!

We were placed in a giant, red, inflatable tent where we facilitated Condom Art Pin making and spent the day with the community…

Condom Art Pin making...

Condom Art Pin making...

Our Condom Art Pin program is driven by attraction, rather than promotion. People from all parts of the community come together to create wearable, useable art that is made of condom packets.  They gather around a table attractively covered with colorful hand made paper, over-sizes scissors, large rolls of tape and (of course) condoms.

Making Condom Art Pins helps people to become comfortable with the simple aspects of holding and talking about condoms in the context of creating art.  This creates a forum to ask questions about condoms and HIV transmission at your own comfort level.  TCP coordinators and trained local educators are then able to dispel myths or misconceptions that may arise about condoms and condom use.

Charlotte's first day Condom Art Pin-making

Charlotte's first day Condom Art Pin-making

Adrian running the Condom Art Pin-making table

Adrian running the Condom Art Pin-making table

Two happy participants!

Two happy participants!

Dankeschön to Fünftes lesbischwules Straßenfest for having us out last weekend!  We had a blast 🙂

The event poster in Mariahilf

The event poster in Mariahilf

Fabulous Austrian drag show in front of Condomi

Fabulous Austrian drag show in front of Condomi

My new Viennese friend

My new Viennese friend

More soon from our adventures in Vienna, Austria!

AIDS 2010, here we come…

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