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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!

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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…

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 🙂

AIDS Hilfe Wien

AIDS Hilfe Wien

I have been in Vienna, Austria for the past 6 days and am already thrilled to be spending the majority of my summer here for AIDS 2010!  I often blush when thinking about the youthfully exuberant emails sent home to the US during my first few months visiting Europe while on a 2-month rail pass in college… but being in Vienna again reminds me of exactly why I was so enamored.

Vienna is a beautiful city filled with warm, caring people.  As I am typing this post, I am sitting at a charming restaurant that is walking distance from my hotel; I chose a small table in the corner, opened my laptop and ordered a glass of Blauer Zweigelt.  A few minutes later, the waiter not only appeared with my wine but also an extension cord, which he wound all the way across the room, under other chairs and around other customers, just so I could plug in my computer while sitting at the table of my choice. Amazing.

Please check in on the Safer Sexy Tidbits link of this blog to read about some of the incredible people, AIDS service organizations and social marketing campaigns that I have had the pleasure of encountering; and please check back here in the coming days for more about out visit!  Mehr in Kürze… xojl

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