A giant erection in the form of a condom will cover one of Sydney’s landmarks for the next seven days. The giant erection is part of a bold new HIV prevention campaign.
The giant hot pink condom will sheath the heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk. The obelisk stands at the intersection of Elizabeth St and Bathurst St in the CBD.
The installation of the giant erection will help raise awareness about ending HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.
The condom will cover the 157-year-old heritage-listed obelisk for a week. ACON will also place packets of condoms around the structure. The condom packets bear the message: “Test more + treat early + stay safe = ending HIV”.
ACON CEO Nicholas Parkhill said the obelisk was in a high-traffic area. ACON deliberately chose the landmark to “turn lots of heads and raise a few eyebrows”.
Parkhill said the need for gay men to “stay safe” by using condoms is at the core of ACON’s strategy for eliminating HIV transmission by the end of the decade.
“We won’t be able to achieve this goal unless gay men use condoms when they’re having high-risk sex with causal partners, particularly in situations where are partner’s HIV status isn’t known – it’s that simple,” he said.
He said 44 per cent of gay men in the area report always wearing a condom for sex with casual partners. However, research from the University of NSW Centre for Social Research in Health found the number of gay men not always using a condom during casual encounters increased by around 20 per cent in the last 15 years.
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