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Last week Felix and I joined forces with the Agents of YEAH peer educators to celebrate World AIDS Day at Federation square. We shared the space with the wonderful Victorian AIDS Council and Joy FM (who were celebrating their 18th birthday). We’d come together to remind people that, 30 years since its discovery, HIV is still here.
The turnout was pretty impressive, and we ran out of our stash of condoms and safe sex info within a couple of hours. We also got to listen to the live Joy broadcast and watch the on-stage entertainment. I’m not sure if I liked the drag show or the fit male dancers better; suffice to say that both acts included copious amounts of Lady Gaga.
Most people were really excited to receive freebies, although there was one gorgeous moment when a teenage girl turned beet red when we offered her a condom, politely refused… and her mums ran after us to grab a condom and lube pack for her!! Seriously awesome parents.
The inflatable condoms were also a hit, with plenty of people taking photos / straddling them in a comical fashion (sometimes both). The whole shebang had a great vibe, and even though HIV can be a pretty serious issue, it was an incredible way to talk about safe sex, celebrate diversity, and remember people who have been affected by the disease.
Check out some more photos from the event below!