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The final segment of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

At AIDS 2010, The Condomize Campaign succeeded in putting condoms back on the  global agenda. The international media reported that condoms could not be missed – they were everywhere, reaching nearly all delegates through 5 venues inside and countless activities associated with the conference.

During the Vienna Youth Force Pre-Conference, The Condomize Campaign’s workshop on Promoting Condoms Beyond Prevention was voted the top, most useful session by youth delegates.  The Global Village opening party featured a condom couture fashion show that launched the Campaign’s presence in the Village’s Condomize Zone.  The main conference venue introduced delegates to a wide variety of male condoms, female condoms, lubricants and additional safer sex supplies available around the globe.  Delegates could create condom art pins, view demonstrations, taste flavored lubricants, and fill bags with safer sex supplies that were available for distribution.

The Campaign’s visibility brought thousands of people to the Global Village for The Condomize Party, which took place at conference end and joyously celebrated the distribution of 1 Million condoms during that week in Vienna.

Party attendees danced to the music of international entertainers, enjoyed refreshments from local in-kind donors and received condoms in gift bags and giveaways

From condom cases in all of the delegate bags, to passing out tshirts with a built-in condom pocket, to a mass distribution and awareness campaign in the Viennese U-Bahn,
The Codnomize Campaign gave condoms true visibility at AIDS2010.

We have since received numerous requests from countries, universities and NGOs to Condomize!

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Part 6 of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

During the week of the conference in Vienna, Condomize distributed a total of 1 million condoms in 100 hours!
10,000 condoms alone were distributed during one morning that we spent on the Viennese U-Bahn.

Preparing for our trip with bags full of condoms

Preparing for our trip with bags full of condoms

Condomize on the U-Bahn and in the news

Condomize on the U-Bahn and in the news

But as you know, all work and no play makes us dull sexual health educators 😉
So during our summer in Vienna we found some time to relax and explore the city…

Thanks so much to all of you who have visited the blog this week, and especially today on World AIDS Day.
Check back tomorrow for the final installation of my week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010…

Part 5 of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

Me, educating for 12 hours a day every day of AIDS 2010

Me, educating for 12 hours a day every day of AIDS 2010

The Condomize Campaign, an initiative of the United Nations Population Fund and the Comprehensive Condom Programming Interagency Task Team, launched this summer in Vienna at AIDS 2010.  As a campaign, our goals are to destigmatize condoms and to give people around the world access to quality condoms when they need them and where they feel most comfortable.

"Good morning, AIDS 2010 delegates!"

"Good morning, AIDS 2010 delegates!"

If you were inside the main conference at AIDS 2010 (or searching online afterward), then these images will be a very familiar sight 😉 For 12 hours a day on each day of the conference, I was amplified while welcoming the delegates and orienting them to my corner of the world.  Inside The Condomize Zone, which was approximately 25 meters in length, delegates found:

Condom Art Pin Making
Flavored lubricant tasting (yes, that’s right)
Displays of male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, finger cots and additional safer sex supplies
Over 100 condoms unrolled and inflated, so visitors could take a look at just some of the different sizes, shapes, colors, textures and flavors available around the world
And me, educating about all of the above!

Taking time to answer delegates' question one-on-one

Taking time, when possible, to answer delegates' question one-on-one

A few of my props

A few of my props

Condom Art Pin Making tables

Condom Art Pin Making tables

Sophie and Nathan decorating the Condomize Zone pillars

Sophie and Nathan decorating the Condomize Zone pillars

Condomize banners

Condomize banners

Me, packing up at the end of each day!

Me, packing up at the end of each day!

Check back later for more photos from the conference, and the Condomize Team in the U-Bahn and around town in Vienna!

Part 4 of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

To quote the International AIDS Society:
The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where community gathers from all over the world to meet, share and learn from each other. It is a space for community to demonstrate the application of science and good leadership. It is also a space that invites conference participants to see how science translates into community action and intervention. The Global Village promotes networking between north and south, east and west and provides a space for displays, discussions and performances from throughout the world. The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates and admission is free.

We Condomized two zones in the AIDS 2010 Global Village:

Our Condomize Village

Our Condomize Village

... and our Condomize Tshirt Zone

... and our Condomize Tshirt Zone

Each tshirt comes with two condoms in a clear pocket on the left sleeve, and a space for you to write your own slogan across the front:

What’s YOUR slogan?
If you’d like to share photos of Condomize tshirts & slogans from AIDS 2010, please email them to joylynn[at]condomize.org! We’ll give you a personal shout-out on the CONDOMIZE Facebook page, on Twitter (@CONDOMIZE) and here on my blog 😉

Condomize kicked off the AIDS 2010 conference with a Condom Couture Fashion Show at the Global Village’s Opening Ceremony, in which every piece of clothing was made entirely out of Gobon condoms!

Kaora backstage

Kaora backstage

Our Condomize Village was complete with
• a “school” where visitors could view a photo story showing how condoms are made
• a “clinic” where visitors could learn about a variety of female condoms that are up-and-coming in the global pipeline
• a “shop” to pick up free condoms and lubricant
• a “hair salon” (my favorite feature of our village!) where women from Zimbabwe would educate visitors about how to properly use the FC Female Condom while braiding their hair – this is a technique that is used in the field, turning the time that many women spend sitting at hair salons into a teachable moment

Adrian, setting up our hair salon!

Adrian, setting up our hair salon...

All of us, working hard to set up our Condomize Village!

All of us, working hard to set up our Condomize Village!

Inflating our condom tree

Inflating our condom tree

Nardos, taking a quick break

Nardos, taking a quick break

Me, taking a moment to admire our work...

Me, taking a moment to admire our work...

Our colleague from UNFPA Senegal, enjoying our village!

Our colleague from UNFPA Senegal, enjoying himself!

The Global Village is an incredible place. This is where artists, activists, advocates and NGOs from all over the world can come together to show their work and share ideas about communication, education and HIV prevention.  We are so happy to have been a part of it!

Check back later for photos of my favorite part of AIDS 2010 –
my Condomize Zone inside the main conference!!!

Part 3 of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

Love condoms & custom Condomize Durex condoms, for distribution in the Global Village

Love condoms & custom Condomize Durex condoms, for distribution in the Global Village

 

Were you at the Vienna Youth Force Pre-Conference?
Do you have photos of The Condomize Campaign???
If so, we need them!
Please email any photos you would like to share to joylynn[at]condomize.org, and you will get personal shout-outs on the CONDOMIZE Facebook page, on Twitter (@CONDOMIZE) and here on my blog 😉
Until then, here’s what we’ve got:

 

The Condom Art Pin making team on Day 1 with VYF

The Condom Art Pin making team on Day 1 with VYF

Sexploration during my workshop on Promoting Condoms Beyond Prevention

Sexploration during my workshop on Promoting Condoms Beyond Prevention

 

In addition to my session at the Youth Pre-Conference, I was also invited to train the staff and volunteers of the International AIDS Society.  It was my pleasure to facilitate 10 separate trainings for IAS on condoms and lubricants with regard to HIV prevention during the week before the conference:

Lots of lubricant, courtesy of Durex in London

Lots of lubricant, courtesy of Durex in London

 

Check back tomorrow for exciting photos of our time in the AIDS 2010 Global Village, just as the conference gets underway!
Until then, thanks so much for reading… xojl

Part 2 of a week-long photographic recap of our summer at AIDS 2010

Louicy from China & Adrian from Mexico

Louicy from China & Adrian from Mexico

Three apartments at Rembrantstrasse 16/9 in 1020 Wien were rented for our team this summer.  From our house, we were just a short walk and a few U-Bahn stops away from Messe Wien, the venue for AIDS 2010 and our home base for Condomizing Vienna!

At the conference, our banners were made completely out of Gobon condoms

At the conference, our banners were made completely out of Gobon condoms


Islam from Vienna (via Egypt), hanging the main banner in our Global Village Zone

Islam from Vienna (via Egypt), hanging the main banner in our Global Village Zone


Hanging the banners in my Condomize Zone, inside the main conference...

Hanging the banners in my Condomize Zone, inside the main conference...

And… always happy to come back home to the 2nd District
after a long day’s work.

One of my favorite pieces of street art, as seen on our walk home at Summerstage

One of my favorite pieces of street art, as seen on our walk home at Summerstage

Our building was across the street from a legal brothel
(click here to read more about sex work in Vienna)…

We were also right around the corner from Flex

Circa the 2010 World Cup

Circa the 2010 World Cup

and just down the Danube River from Badeschiff Wien

Yes, there is a pool on top!

Yes, there is a pool on top!

Schulkinder in our neighborhood

Schulkinder in our neighborhood

We all loved our neighborhood, and our apartments were the perfect place to rest, relax and get some work done to prepare for AIDS 2010.

Me & Montana, strategizing the Condomize social networking campaign

Me & Montana, strategizing the Condomize social networking campaign

 

Eating extrawurstsemmel mit gurkerl und maynese!

Eating extrawurstsemmel mit gurkerl und maynese!

In my bedroom - a shelf of memorabilia from Vienna & Ouagadougou, courtesy of colleagues from Burkina Faso

In my bedroom - a shelf of memorabilia from Vienna & Ouagadougou, courtesy of colleagues from Burkina Faso

My infamous shoe collection, as seen on stage in the Condomize Zone

My infamous shoe collection, as seen on stage in the Condomize Zone

Louicy & Sara in our teeny tiny elevator

Louicy & Sara in our teeny tiny elevator

Check back tomorrow for photos of my condom and lubricant trainings for the International AIDS Society staff and volunteers,
as well as my workshop on Promoting Condoms Beyond Prevention at the Vienna Youth Force Pre-Conference!

Better late than never, and just in time for World AIDS Day:
A week-long photographic recap of our work in Vienna, Austria!
Check back every day for the next 7 days to view photo stories of how my team and I spent our summer surrounding AIDS 2010.

Condomize Condom Packet

Condomize Condom Packet

Throughout May, June and July 2010 our team slowly gathered in Vienna from Canada, China, Ethiopia, Mexico and The United States

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

We got to work immediately with local artists to build the Condomize creative materials and a series of culturally-specific male condom 3D animations in the 6 United Nations languages.

Ulrich and Adrian

Ulrich and Adrian

Caro and Mascha

Caro and Mascha

Homosexuelle Initiative Wien (HOSI) generously rented space to us… and all of our *stuff*

As the shipments continued to roll in through customs, we were fortunate to find amazing local volunteers to help us prepare everything for AIDS 2010…

Nardos from Ethiopia, taking a break to eat his first McDonald's

Nardos from Ethiopia, taking a break to eat his first McDonald's

Adrian, Franck, Sophie and Nardos - trying on our Condom Couture courtesy of Guillin Latex in China

Adrian, Franck, Sophie and Nardos - trying on our Condom Couture courtesy of Guillin Latex in China

Unpacked Red Ribbons with golden condoms attached...

Unpacked Red Ribbons with golden condoms attached...

Check back tomorrow for a look at our neighborhood and initial work at Messe Wien in Part 2 of my week-long photographic recap of our work in Vienna, Austria…

A brief homage to our work at AIDS 2010
More photos and stories to come soon!

Alles Liebe,
Joy Lynn 🙂

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…

Over lunch in Vienna last week, a colleague told me that “Here, sex work is half legal.” He went on to explain, that though “the world’s oldest profession” is tolerated in their city, sex workers there have many obligations but still no rights.

It is mandatory that sex workers in Vienna register with the government, pay taxes on their earnings and be subject to weekly medical examinations; yet they are discriminated against by the authorities, have no unions to ensure their physical safety or guarantee payment from their clients and their required examinations make them only eligible for free HIV testing – they can be tested for other STIs only at a steep personal expense. It has become a saying that, in Vienna, “Sex workers have lust for their rights.”

There are currently over 2,000 registered sex workers in Vienna, and only 3 doctors in the city that will see them for their weekly appointments. That is nearly 700 patients per doctor each week – 100 patients per day if those doctors do not take a single day off.

Of the 2,000 legally registered sex workers, only 17 are male – and one of these men is not actually a sex worker. He is a staff member at the Sex Worker Forum and registered with the government out of solidarity with the population he serves. The Sex Worker Forum is a Vienna-based website that contains more than 77,000 articles, information, discussions, links, tips and resources on sex work, for professional sex workers.

I am back in New York now, thinking of all of you in Vienna. I hope that this International Sex Worker Rights Day has found you closer to the rights you so “lust after” and deserve.

Check back soon for the new-and-improved Safer Sexy Tidbits section of the blog, as well as news from my first contributions as a guest blogger to Sex and Sensibilities, a Filipina site that offers a balance of sex and responsible choice for women worldwide 🙂

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